The taxpayer could save £1.5 billion if affordable childcare was rolled out to allowed more mothers to go back to work, a report claims.
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In the last five years the price of part-time nursery care for a child under two has risen by 27%, with parents paying around £1,214 more in 2014 than in 2009 according to a new report.
These figures come from a Family and Childcare Trust report which says that families are paying more on average for part-time childcare than they spend on their mortgage.
For a family with two youngsters in full-time childcare the average yearly cost is £11,700, the report adds, 62% higher than the average yearly mortgage bill for a family home.
The study says that since 2002, childcare costs have risen more than inflation each year and that international data shows that parents in Britain hand over more than a quarter of their salary (26.6%), more than most other European nations.
Primary schools in England are to be encouraged to take children as young as two in their nurseries.
The government wants to ease restrictions and extend opening hours, so parents can leave their children for the whole working day.
Opponents believe it is an attempt to organise childcare on the cheap, and would leave young children in the wrong environment.
June O'Sullivan from the London Early Learning Foundation told ITV News: It's inappropriate and I really feel uncomfortable because it really feels like easyJet childcare.
"You've got a few spaces here and there and you pluck them in and that will be fine - but that won't be fine, because children won't thrive in that environment."
Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:
The Government's preferred method of teaching children to read is "almost a form of abuse" against bright youngsters, according to an academic.
Forcing able young readers to follow a "rigid diet" of phonics teaching is an "affront to their emerging identities", according to Andrew Davis, a research fellow at Durham University's School of Education.
In a new pamphlet he says children who are already reading for pleasure when they start school can become demotivated if they are forced to follow a system that is based on simply decoding letters.
Ministers have been promoting "synthetic phonics", a system which focuses on sounds rather than recognising whole words and meanings, as the best way to raise reading standards. The method involves pupils sounding out or decoding words.
Dr Davis suggests children need to be able to grasp the meaning behind words and texts, rather than just how to sound out words.
Children and young people growing up in an "unprecedented toxic climate" of stress and pressure, according to a new poll.
Fear of failure, bullying, pressure to try and be thin and feeling depressed were some of the issues complained of by the 2,000 youngsters aged 11 to 25 who were quizzed in a poll commissioned for national charity YoungMinds.
Over half of children and young people believed they would be a failure if they did get good grades, half the youngsters said they had been bullied, while a third of the youngsters said they did not know where to turn to get help when they feel depressed or anxious.
YoungMinds campaigns director Lucie Russell said: "Every day we hear about the unprecedented toxic climate children and young people face in a 24/7 online culture where they can never switch off."
Almost a fifth of parents (16%) believe their under 16-year-olds are "addicted" to gadgets, while more than a quarter (26%) say their children would feel lost without them.
– USwitch telecoms spokesman
The term 'early adopters' now has a whole new meaning, with today's kids knowing their way around the latest tech before they're out of nappies.
But parents really do need to keep tabs on what their children get up to online and lay out some ground rules or risk having to cover the cost of bills racked up by in-app purchases, particularly in seemingly 'free-to-play' games.
Almost three-quarters of parents (71%) limit the hours their children spend using technology.The study also revealed that more than one in 10 children (12%) have racked up unexpected bills by making in-app purchases on tablets and smartphones.
More than a quarter of British children under eight-years-old have tablet computers, a survey suggests. The poll for uSwitch.com found 27% of under-eights have one of the gadgets, while 17% were aged between two and three when they first learned to use a touch screen and 10% were under two.
Some 84% of parents bought technology for their children last year, spending an average of £462 each or £5.6 billion collectively, the study found.
The majority of the spending - £3.2 billion - was on gadgets for Christmas.
And more than a third of parents (36%) expect to spend more on gadgets for their children this year, with 91% saying their children already own at least one games console.
Grandparents should be entitled to take unpaid leave from work because of the growing numbers looking after their grandchildren, a new report has urged.
Research for the TUC showed that almost three out of five grandparents provided regular childcare, mainly so that the child's parents could work without having to pay costly nursery fees.
– General Secretary Frances O'Grady
But with more people than ever before working into their late 60s, millions of grandparents are selflessly taking on childcare responsibilities for a second time while they still work.
Many businesses have yet to keep up with this trend and thousands of grandparents who want to look after their grandkids are prevented from doing so.
It's important that public policy catches up with the needs of working grandparents and their families.
A new right to unpaid leave would be a great way to get more working grandparents involved in childcare, and at very little cost to an employer.
Some parents are taking the term "Merry Christmas" too far and supplying their children, some as young as 10, with alcohol, a health charity warned.
One in five 10 to 14-year-olds will be given an alcoholic beverage by their parents this Christmas, and a further 22% will be given a drink by relatives or friends, according to research compiled by Drinkaware.
The admissions come despite an overwhelming majority of parents, 84%, telling Drinkaware they planned not to give their children any alcohol.
However, some parents did acknowledge a third party may be giving alcohol to their child and a further two thirds, 67%, said they were not concerned about exposing their kids to drinking this Christmas.