A new survey by Pregnant Then Screwed finds many parents are facing significant increases in their childcare bills this winter.
Large numbers of parents say their nursery fees have gone up in the last two months or are about to go up, with over a third saying they have risen by at least 10%, according to a survey by Pregnant Then Screwed.
The survey of 3,407 parents found 83% said that their costs have either increased in the last two months or will increase in the next two months, with 45% saying they have increased in last two months.
An additional sample of 1,691 parents found 34% said their childcare costs have increased by more than 10% in the last two months.
Pregnant Then Screwed cites the case of Charlotte from Rochester who has two children attending nursery full time and says she will see her childcare rise by £2,893.80 per year from January. She says: “I might as well quit my job now. I’m going to be going through our budgets to see what we should do, and then if I decide I need to leave the workplace.”
Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said: “The UK recently topped the charts as the country with the most expensive early year’s education in the developed world. Nurseries aren’t to blame for these price hikes. We are set to see thousands more close their doors due to underfunding from the Government and the cost of living crisis. The blame lies firmly at the door of number 10.”