The cost of childcare in the UK is Europe's highest
The Daycare Trust charity has revealed in a survey that UK childcare bills are "Europe's highest". The typical cost of a full-time place with a childminder for a child under two was £118 a week, while the typical cost for an after-school club was £34 for 15 hours a week. Daycare Trust says working families on lower incomes who receive help towards child care through the childcare tax credit still have to find at least 30 per cent of the cost of child care and most have to pay well over twice that. The average award through the childcare tax credit of £40.61 a week was less than a third of the typical cost of a nursery place.
Daycare Trust, the national childcare charity
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