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PACEY's Chief Executive, Liz Bayram, is today quoted by the BBC in a story on the cost of childcare.

Commenting on a recently published report into the high cost of childcare, Liz said,

"PACEY recognises the increasing burden that parents are facing with rising childcare costs, as highlighted by this report. But it’s often forgotten that childcare professionals are amongst the most poorly paid professionals. It is also important to remember that childcare costs vary greatly according to regions across England and Wales. Childcare is a very localised market.

"Government is providing more support to families through its tax free childcare plan and extensions to the free entitlement but it is clear that more is needed both in terms of childcare costs support and improved opportunities for parents to work flexibly, to balance family and working life. High quality childcare costs and more investment is needed to support providers to deliver the flexible, quality care that children and families deserve."

The BBC story, which you can read here, also features PACEY member Sue Asquith from Yorkshire, talking about her childminding business.

A related story on the BBC about the cost of childcare also features comment from Liz Bayram.

Liz was also featured on BBC Radio Wales on Monday evening, talking about the cost of childcare. She spoke about how childcare providers are often earning just minimum wage and that government needs to invest more in offering subsidies for childcare. The interview can be heard again here (start at 1.18): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03qkf4n.