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Cost of Surrey and Hampshire summer holiday childcare highest in Britain

Cost of Surrey and Hampshire summer holiday childcare highest in Britain

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:06am 20th July 2019.

The cost of childcare during the summer holidays across Surrey and Hampshire is among the highest in the country.

Figures show the average price of holiday childcare is over £162 a week in the South East, more than anywhere else in Britain.

Childcare in the region is nearly £25 more expensive a week compared to the national average and over £33 more than in central London.

Costs for parents in our area have also shot up since last year with prices being 10 per cent higher than in 2018.

The Coram Family and Childcare's annual Holiday Childcare Survey also found that working parents across the country will have to pay £828 on average for six weeks of holiday childcare per child.

It means families have to find an extra £484 to cover the summer holidays compared to term time childcare.

The charity is now calling for urgent Government reform on school age childcare to improve support for families.

Megan Jarvie, Head of Coram Family and Childcare, said:

“Working families are being left with few options this summer.

“The high price and low availability of childcare means that many struggle to stay in work, or can end up paying to work.

“Families need to see urgent action to fill the gaps in availability and financial support."

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