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.
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.