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Holiday costs rise by four per cent

Holiday childcare costs have risen by four per cent in Britain since last summer with an average cost of £800 for six weeks of holiday childcare per child according to Family and Childcare Trust's 14th annual Holiday Childcare Survey.

Key findings

Cost of childcare

  • Holiday childcare costs have risen by four per cent in Britain since last summer.
  • The average parents pay for one week of holiday childcare is £133.
  • Prices vary across the country: in the East of England, a week of holiday childcare costs £169 on average – 34 per cent more expensive than the West Midlands at £126 per week.
  • Parents face considerably higher prices during the holidays than during term time.

Sufficiency of childcare

  • One in four local authorities in England reported having enough holiday childcare for all parents working full time. This drops to one in eight for children with disabilities.
  • There have been small improvements to the availability of childcare, but large gaps still remain.​

Right to request

  • In September 2016, the Government introduced a new ‘right to request’ childcare from schools – but this is yet to make a significant difference for families.
  • Four per cent of local authorities told us that this had a positive effect on whether there is enough holiday childcare.

Read the full report.