01/03/2010 19:48 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Who Do You Turn To For Childcare Advice?

When it comes to having your first child and finding the suitable childcare for your needs, many parents find the huge number of options baffling. In fact, nearly four in five parents (79 of recipients confirm that quality and services of the options first before anything else. But where do they find out this information?

Friends, family and neighbours appear to be the most popular option, with 76) and official sources like Ofsted (46)

As a result of this confusion, the government has released a downloadable help booklet called the Childcare Checklist. The checklist offers parents a guide to what they need to consider when it comes to their choice of childcare.

Childcare now costs an estimated £54,696, a large portion of the £200,000 it costs to bring a child up to the age of 21, although the use of childcare vouchers can lower those costs. This further argues the point of the importance of choosing the right childcare.