Parents are facing a "childcare crunch" with rises in the cost of a nursery place outstripping the slow growth of wages, Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to say in a speech later today.
The average cost of a weekly nursery place has risen 30%, with Labour figures claiming 25 hours of childcare for an infant aged two or over per week costs £25 more than it did in 2010.
However, the average wage has only risen by £28 over the last three years, climbing from £449 to £477 per week.
Mr Miliband is expected to say: "We need to use the talents of everyone if we are to succeed as an economy and keep social security bills down.
"Seven out of 10 stay-at-home-mums tell surveys that the cost of childcare has deterred them from looking for a job."
More top news
After a frosty start, southeastern areas will be dry with increasing amounts of sunshine developing. It will remain cold throughout the day.
Higher food and petrol prices are expected to send inflation to its highest level in 28 months when official figures are released later.
The Prime Minister will detail her 12-point plan on negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union during a speech on Tuesday.