The Department does not hold data on the average weekly costs of child care. However the findings of a recent survey by the Daycare Trust can be found on their website;
We are doing more than ever before to make good quality child care and early education accessible and affordable. We are providing substantial help (over £2 million a day) through the tax credit system to over 395,000 lower and middle income families. The free, early education entitlement gives 12.5 hours of free provision per week to all 3 and 4-year-olds.
London has higher child care costs than elsewhere and that is why we are contributing £11 million funding to a £33 million joint Greater London Authority, London Development Agency and DfES three year Childcare Affordability Pilot to provide 10,000 affordable child care places for lower income families.
The available information on the number of registered child care places for children under eight is shown in the table.
Type of care Number of places Full day care 565,700 Sessional day care 237,100 Childminders 322,200 Out of school day care 366,500 Creche day care 46,300 1 Rounded to the nearest 100 places. 2 Data Source: Ofsted
Type of care
Number of places
Full day care
Sessional day care
Out of school day care
Creche day care
1 Rounded to the nearest 100 places.
2 Data Source: Ofsted
These figures include the number of child care places in Neighbourhood Nurseries and Children’s Centres which are not available separately.
Information on the number of child care places provider by nannies is not available. However, the Survey of Parents Demand for Childcare and Early Years Services suggests that 1 per cent. of families used nannies in the last week 2004/05.
The latest figures on registered child care provider and places are available on the following website: