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.
More top news
Two ducklings trapped in a sewer were rescued when quick-thinking workers coaxed them back using an iPad recording of their mother's quack.
Gregory Maxwell and Brian Atkins joked they were taking their Australian victim on a 'bush tucker trial' before dumping him beside a road.
A sister who donated her late brother's face to a man who suffered a life-threatening, disfiguring injury has met him for the first time.