14/08/2014 16:47 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Nursery School Places As Expensive As Private Schools

As expensive as private school: cost of nursery places doubles in 10 years

The cost of a nursery place has almost doubled in the last 10 years, childcare charities warned today.

Parents are struggling to pay fees which are soaring towards levels being charged by private schools, a report by the Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute found.

A full-time nursery place will set a family back an average of £11,000 a year.

The report says the burden of such fees on working parents is akin to taking on a 'second mortgage'.

The typical cost for a nursery place for a child aged under two years old has risen by 77, to around £106 a week for a part-time place at 25 hours a week.

A full-time place is regarded as one that is 50 hours a week. Costs for children aged over two have increased at an even faster rate of 6.6VIRTUAL-Gallery-178636VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%