Childcare Costs

The Tax-Free Childcare Scheme Is One Step Forward, One Step Back for Affordable Childcare

Ellen Broomé | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ellen Broomé

The tax-free childcare scheme has been widely welcomed but there are important questions about the effect the scheme will have on childcare prices. If the scheme contributes substantially to price inflation in childcare, not only will its value will be eroded over time, but it could reduce access for those families least able to afford childcare.

No Shortage of Words on 'Tax-Free Childcare', Nor Sensationalism... Just One Question - What's Happened to the Mission to Explain?

Anand Shukla | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Anand Shukla

A few years ago, just after becoming Chief Executive of what was then the Daycare Trust, I took part in an ITV news website discussion with parents on childcare. At the time, uppermost in my mind were threats to children's centres and cuts to support for parents with childcare costs.

Major Gaps in Childcare Are a Symptom of a System on the Wrong Track

Ellen Broomé | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ellen Broomé

If paying a sum similar to a monthly mortgage payment in childcare costs wasn't enough of a challenge for working parents with young children, finding childcare is itself a major hurdle.

The Government Doesn't Understand the Childcare Crunch on Families and the Economy

Lucy Powell | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

Over recent weeks there has been mounting evidence of the impact that increasingly high childcare costs are having on family budgets and our economy. Yet the government seem to be in total denial.

Careers and Carers: Would Some Stay at Home Mums Prefer to Work?

Vidhya Alakeson | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Vidhya Alakeson

Despite significant investment in childcare over the last decade, two thirds of mums still find the high cost of childcare to be a barrier to work. For those who are in work, a lack of employer flexibility can also get in the way.

Parents Need More Than Lip-Service From Mayor and Government

Dr Onkar Sahota | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Onkar Sahota

Childcare professionals know that for many parents, the cost of childcare is so high that they will never go back to work because it simply does not pay for them to do so. The London Assembly's report stated that 63% of working parents said the cost of childcare had affected their decision about whether or not to work, and 73% said it affected how many hours they worked.

How I Avoid Pay Rate Awkwardness with Babysitters

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

The problem is, you have been so preoccupied with the planning of this special event that you have overlooked one or two practical issues... what to pay her and what food you should have in your pantry for her and the children to rummage through (I mean, isn't that what babysitting is all about?!)

Who's Breadwinning Now?

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Sutherland

One in three working mothers is now the main earner in their homes - this is an overwhelming 80% rise in the last 15 years. The report shows that maternal breadwinning has increased for all family types, for all age groups and across all income groups.

Nick Clegg's Announcement on Childcare Ratio Reforms Is Welcome, But Greater Challenges for the Sector Remain

Liz Bayram | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

Childcare professionals and families across the UK breathed a sigh of relief last week following Nick Clegg's decision to block Government plans to increase childcare ratios... Yet whilst the announcement is positive news, there remains a great deal of sector concern around other proposed reforms, which are equally concerning.

Let Them Play

Julie Lightley | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Lightley

What many of us who work with young children fear is that this model may lead us to children as young as two being rushed on to tasks they are not developmentally ready for, such as colours, numbers and reading. We need to remember what's at the heart of this issue - and that's the well-being and happiness of our children.

Mums: Damned if We Do, Damned if We Don't (Work)

Hillary Graves | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hillary Graves

The point is that being a mum, whether you are working or not working, is no easy feat. Shouldn't we be supportive of each other regardless of our choice (or non-choice) about whether to work or not? At the very least, surely we shouldn't pass judgment on each other.

State vs. Parent: The Crowding Out of Choice

Robin Koerner | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK
Robin Koerner

When welfarism fails most spectacularly, it is usually because it attempts to treat a perceived social or economic problem without understanding -- le...

Budget 2013: The Struggle for Poor Families Shows No Sign of Relenting

Julia Unwin | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

Chancellor George Osborne had failed to deliver an anti-poverty budget that would boost living standards and ease the strain on poor families. We needed an anti-poverty budget to help struggling families, but what we heard yesterday was a standstill budget for a go-slow economy.

Up To £1,200 Towards Your Childcare Costs

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK

More than two million working families stand to gain through a major expansion of government support for childcare, ministers announced today. Even...

The Spiralling Cost Of Childcare

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK

More than two thirds of councils are failing to provide enough childcare, campaigners for have warned. Just one in five local authorities have enou...

Childcare: Where's the Emergency?

Caroline Davey | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

The cost and shortage of childcare is harming our economy and our society. Parents who were once an active part of the workforce are giving up their jobs, childcare costs are overtaking mortgage payments, and women are being held back from senior positions in all industries.

Cost Of Raising Child Soars

PA | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The cost of raising a child to the age of 21 has reached £222,000 as parents pay 58% more than a decade ago, according to an annual study. Educati...

Childcare Costs Are A 'Barrier To Work'

PA | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

One in four unemployed parents are put off looking for work because of childcare costs, according to a new study. Jobless parents in cities such as...

Women Progress Further At Work If Their Partners Shoulder Childcare Responsibilities

Charlie Thomas | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK

UK working mothers whose spouses take on all or part of the childcare responsibilities will get more promotions than those who use any other kind of c...

Childcare Costs 'Outweigh Benefits Of Work', Says Report

PA | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK

Childcare costs mean going out to work full-time is now hardly worthwhile for a growing number of "second earners" in middle and low income families, ...

The One With Nursery

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK
Georgy Jamieson

I've been concerned lately that I don't do enough with the boy. You know, activity wise. When I was on maternity leave life was a whir of swimming le...

'Bad News For Working Families': Childcare Costs Up To £15,000 A Year

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Working parents are now spending up to £15,000 a year on childcare as costs rise and fewer families receive help with the financial burden, a survey ...

The Average Cost Of Having A Baby Is...

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 09.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Two thirds of first-time parents are spending 20% more than they can afford on preparing for their baby, putting a strain on their relationship as wel...

Free Childcare Set To Rise For Poorer Families

PA | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Up to 140,000 two-year-olds from poor homes could benefit from plans to extend free nursery education, ministers have claimed. The Go...

Childcare For 80,000 More Families

PA | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics

An additional 80,000 low income families are to be eligible for help with meeting the costs of childcare under plans announced by the Government. R...