Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey 2013

Childcare costs continue to be on the rise, with an average full-time place now costing £158 per week. For a family with two children in full-time childcare the costs can be a staggering £16,432 per year. These figures paint a gloomy picture for families who are already finding it difficult to make ends meet.

Almost 4,500 parents completed the 2013 Childcare Cost Survey. Employers For Childcare Charitable Group is truly concerned by some of the responses with many parents reporting that they are really struggling financially. Many use credit cards at the end of each month for essential commodities because childcare has already consumed a large proportion of their income.