Childcare Survey 2016

Family and Childcare Trust | February 2016

Key findings from the annual Childcare Survey include:

  • Just 45 per cent of councils in England had enough childcare for parents who work full time, despite obligations under the Childcare Act 2006. In Scotland, a meagre 13 per cent reported having enough childcare for these parents.
  • Only 15 per cent of councils in England had enough childcare for disabled children, compared to 21 per cent in 2015.
  • A part-time nursery place (25 hours) for a child under two rose by 1.1 per cent last year, and is now on average £116.77 a week in Britain. However, in London, the most expensive region, prices for the same place rose by 2.2 per cent in one year.
  • The combined price of a part-time nursery place for a child under two and an after-school club for a five year old is now £7,933 a year. This represents a third of the median gross salary of a nurse, and 22 per cent of a soldier’s.
  • This year there are 11 local authorities where the average cost for part-time childcare exceeds the Working Tax Credit support cap, leaving the poorest working parents having to pay an average of £81.53 a week, or £4,240 a year out of their own pocket.
  • For the first time in its annual Childcare Survey, the Family and Childcare Trust has calculated the number of childminders per 1,000 children aged under five in each area in Britain. There are big differences between areas, with four childminders per 1,000 in Hull compared to 24 per 1,000 in Bromley. Childminders will be crucial to delivery of the 2017 extension to free early education.

Full Survey 2016