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A study revealed that parents in the United Kingdom pay more for childcare for kids aged two and below.
UK-based charity Coram Family and Childcare reported that services from part-time facilities for children below the age of two cost over $150 a week. This figure is a 5% increase from last year’s rates and indicates that childcare expenses are increasing faster than the country’s 1.8% inflation rate in January.
The report also revealed that the availability and rates of childcare services are different depending on where families live. The most expensive rates for weekly 25-hour childcare services are in London and the South East. Services in these areas cost around $195 and $170, respectively.
In terms of availability, only 56% of the local governments in England provide childcare services to parents who have full-time jobs. The report also noted that other circumstances, such as working past regular office hours and having children aged 12 to 14, hinder parents from using the existing childcare services.
Although a lot of families have access to benefits and support, the report claimed that many parents miss out on the opportunity to use these privileges because of the country’s complicated childcare system. To fix this, the charity has called for reforms in the UK childcare system.
Claire Harding, the head of Coram, suggested that the government should allocate more funds to childcare and simplify the process for getting childcare services. She said any spending would not go to waste because it would help parents focus on their careers, and children would be able to maximize their learning and growth.