The Department for Work and Pensions regularly collects information on the hourly child care costs, by region and age of child, through two surveys: the Families and Children Study and the Family Resources Survey.
The Families and Children Study is a longitudinal survey of about 7,000 families with dependent children in Great Britain. The Family Resources Survey collects information on the incomes and circumstances of private households in the United Kingdom.
Research is also conducted by the Department for Children, Schools and Families to assess the hourly costs of childcare, by region and age of child, in England. The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey is a repeated cross sectional survey of childcare and early years providers. The Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents is a repeated cross sectional survey of approximately 7,200 parents.