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Holiday costs rise by three per cent

Holiday childcare costs have risen by three per cent in Britain since last summer with an average cost of £830 for six weeks of holiday childcare per child according to Coram Family and Childcare's 15th annual Holiday Childcare Survey.

Key findings

Cost of childcare

  • Holiday childcare costs have risen by three per cent in Britain since last summer.
  • The average parents pay for one week of holiday childcare is £138.
  • Prices vary across the country: in the South East, a week of holiday childcare costs £162 on average – 37 per cent more expensive than the North West Midlands at £119 per week per week.
  • Parents face considerably higher prices during the holidays than during term time.

Sufficiency of childcare

  • One in three (31 per cent) local authorities in England reported having enough holiday childcare for all parents working full time. This drops to one in six (17 per cent) 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.
  • Just four per cent of local authorities told us that this had a positive effect on whether there is enough holiday childcare.

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