Childcare costs put parents off having more children

Childcare costs put parents off having more children

Mar 16, 2023 by BBC News - Family & Education

Key Facts

  • Image caption, Danny Carter said he and his partner have delayed having a second baby due to childcare costs Childcare costs in Wales have priced some parents out of work and stopped them from having more children.
  • According to children's charity Coram, childcare prices have risen faster on average in Wales than in England and Scotland - with 50 hours a week for children under two up more than 4% since 2021.
  • Image source, Liz Jeffries Image caption, Liz Jeffries has two children - Dylan, eight, and Elsie, two Education and childcare are devolved, so any potential changes to childcare support in Wales will be a matter for the Welsh government.
  • Image caption, Liz Jeffries has had to turn down extra work because she would end up worse off But the mother-of-two, who works part-time as an administration manager for an estate agent in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, said she would only take home about £5 a day extra after she accounted for childcare.

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