Childcare fees hike ‘inevitable’ without urgent action new Alliance survey reveals
New research from the Early Years Alliance has found that almost two thirds of providers have increased fees in the last 12 months - and two in five plan to do so in the next year.
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:
“The government has walked the early years sector to a cliff-edge and only the government can pull us back. This survey lays bare just how disastrous government inaction on childcare funding has been: it’s led to increased prices for parents and continues to leave providers with no choice but to close. Beneath these headline figures there are hundreds of stories of people at risk of losing their livelihoods having dedicated their career to giving children the best possible start in life and thousands of families simply being priced out of quality childcare.
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Underfunding has meant many providers have already closed their doors for good, while others have been forced to increase parent prices or have introduced extra charges to cover the make-up the government’s funding shortfall.
When settings were asked about other specific measures they expect to take as a result of the upcoming increase to the National Minimum and National Living Wages
Of those who answered questions about financial viability and the impact of funding rates:
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