The average price for a part-time nursery place for a child under two comes up to £116 per week in Wales, which is over £6000 per year, more than double what Welsh families spend on groceries in a year.
That's according to a survey by the Family and Childcare Trust. Most parents are entitled to Government support to help with childcare costs and some parents will be paying less if they're working after the introduction of tax-free childcare
But the trust says a lack of clarity means parents could be missing out on help they need.
The survey also revealed significant childcare shortages in Wales with only half of local areas having enough childcare for working parents.
The Welsh Government says they are rolling out a free childcare offer, designed to help three and four year olds.
- Watch the report from Mike Griffiths