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NEWS: Coram Family and Childcare releases the Childcare Survey 2023

As seen on the BBC news this morning, Coram Family and Childcare have released the Childcare Survey 2023, which is the 22nd annual survey mapping the cost and availability of childcare across Great Britain. They have highlighted some key findings, including the significant shortfall in childcare places with ‘just half of local authorities reporting enough childcare for children under 2’.

Sufficiency of childcare 

  • Only 48% of local authorities in England have enough childcare for parents working full time, an 11% drop from last year. 
  • Less than one in five (18%) local authorities in England have enough childcare for disabled children. 
  • The proportion of local authorities in England with enough 15 hour early education entitlement places for 3 and 4 year olds has also dropped by 6% to 73%. 

Price of childcare  

  • The average price for 25 hours per week of nursery childcare for a child under two is £148.63, a rise of 5.6 per cent since 2022. 
  • Working parents of three and four year olds in England and Wales can get 30 hours of funded childcare a week. If they need to pay for 20 extra hours to take this up to a full time place (50 hours a week) the average price in a nursery will be £117.60 in England, £98.79 in Wales.  
  • In Scotland, all families are entitled to 1,140 hours of funded childcare per year. This works out as 30 hours per week when used during term-time. If parents need to pay for an extra 20 hours a week to take this up to a full time place (50 hours a week), the average price in a nursery will be £102.37.  

Helen Donohoe, Chief Executive at PACEY says:

'Today we have seen yet more evidence that our sector is in the midst of a perilous plight with the most disadvantaged children bearing the brunt. We will continue to call for a transformational review of the childcare and early years sector and a long-term strategy that delivers reform of the funding system, investment in a respected workforce and integration of all services for children at a local level. However, right now we need action from the government and most specifically the Chancellor who presents his Budget next week. We want to see meaningful investment such as start-up grants for childminders that will go some way to address the continual decline in provision.'

Read the full report here