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Childcare costs nearly double in a decade

Across Britain as a whole, childcare costs have almost doubled over the last decade. A nursery place for a child aged two or under is now 77 percent more expensive in real terms than it was in 2003. An after-school club is 88 percent more expensive, according to the survey.

Over the last year, London has actually seen a lower percentage increase in childcare fees than some other regions.

The report says that the East of England and the South East saw the biggest rise - with costs drawing towards those seen in London.

Regional changes in childcare costs in 12 months December 2011 to December 2012. Credit: Family and Parenting Institute and Daycare Trust
National and average changes in childcare costs in 12 months December 2011 to December 2012. Credit: Family and Parenting Institute and Daycare Trust

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