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Childcare costs 'up 6%'

The cost of a full-time nursery place has doubled in the last ten years, setting parents back around £11,000 a year, a new report has found. Average cost rose by 6% last year.

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Rising nursery fees 'driven by staff costs'

According to a new report on the cost of childcare, rising nursery fees are driven by staffing costs.

The report found that at present, regulations stipulate that for children under two in nurseries there must be one member of staff for three children.

The report said:

While salaries for nursery workers are not high, the need to maintain safe supervision levels and high quality childcare does, inevitably, mean that childcare cannot - and should not - be provided 'on the cheap'.

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