Opinion & Debate

Published on January 13th, 2014 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


Cost of childcare stops parents from going to work

The cost of childcare is said to be stopping parents going out to work.

Research carried out by website findababysitter.com found that one in four unemployed parents would like to work but cannot afford to do so.

The study revealed the cost of childcare has increased by 19% in the last year, with the average hourly rate for a nanny reaching a staggering £9.80.  Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford, London and Leeds were found to be the most unaffordable locations.

Half of the 1,000 parents polled said the government was not doing enough to support families.

Findababysitter’s chief executive, Tom Harrow, said paying for childcare is becoming ‘incrementally harder for parents each year’, and that politicians had a ‘lack of understanding’, believing  ‘the local nursery’ to be the only option for mums and dads.

Government announced last year that parents earning less than £150,000 would be entitled to claim £1,200 per child to help with childcare costs, while free early education for three and four year olds has been increased from 12.5 hours to 15 hours a week.

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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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