The costs of child care for young children have increased up to seven times faster than wages since the year 2008, a study suggests.
TUC research shows that the average costs in England to parents with a year of age increased by 48% between 2008 and 2016, while average wages increased by 12%.
Mom of three, Ellie Thouret said it was “absolutely useless” to return to work due to the “crippling costs”.
The government says that it has doubled the free childcare available for working parents of three and four years.
The trade union body, the TUC, said that, while parents with children aged two and above received financial support from the government, the majority of working parents with a year of age do not get any help from the state.
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TUC general secretary Frances O’grady said: “There is a real gap in support for the child care to one year of age until the government of the pro-active assistance at the age of two years.
“Parents need to subsidized, affordable child care as soon as maternity leave finishes that will allow them to continue working, and for moms not to continue to have to choose between having a family and a career.”
A mother of Ellie Thouret, who has three children, says that it would have been “absolutely useless” to their return to work after having twins.
“We looked at the quantities and the cost of the care of three children under the age of three would have been devastating.”
The figures suggest that two parents working full time, with a year of age, in nursery 21 hours a week was, in general, spending 11% of their salary on child care in 2016, up from 8% in 2008.
Ms O’grady said that the outlook for the single parents that it was “even worse”.
Single parents who work full-time, again with a year of age, in nursery 21 hours a week, spent, on average, more than one-fifth (21%) of their salary on child care last year, an increase of one-sixth (17%) in 2008, the study said.You are entitled to?
For all children between the ages of three and four parents get 15 hours of free childcare a week
Working parents can get 30 hours free for three-and-four-year-olds
And for two-year-olds, the parents have 15 hours of free childcare a week
Source: Department of Education
But childminders say that the government of the 30 hours in the schema forced to close or reduce the numbers.
Heidi Stuart says regulations and Ofsted requirements have increased the workload and the average of childminding is “far beyond simply taking care of a child”.
“We are constantly having to undergo updating and training related to security, development and information, the cost of which is from our own pockets and not subsidized or paid for by the parents/government.
“As self-employed people we are simply trying to earn a living and support our families.
“It is an enigma to me why some parents feel that their care is “expensive” when we are in the care and upbringing of their children, the future generations.”The work ‘no pay’
Robert Goodwill, the Children and Families Minister, said the government had saved the parents “thousands of dollars a year” and helped them “return to work”, by bending the free childcare available for working parents of three and four years to 30 hours per week.
Ellen Broome, chief executive of the Family and childcare Trust, said that the cost of child care meant “not pay to work” for many parents.
She said that low-income families claiming universal credit, usually take home £1.96 per hour after child care costs have been paid.’Astronomical costs’
Helen Bryce, who works full-time, told BBC Radio 5 live that the care of children was a “constant juggling”.
She said that her husband was having a career break to spend time with their children, and also used a childminder.
When used in a nursery, says, that the costs were “astronomical”.
“I know that at one time we had our children, we had three small children, all in daycare part-time. Our costs were over $ 1,500 a month, which was more of what I was doing.”
Rosemary Novak, who has two children of two and six years, says she spends twice as much on childcare as they do on their mortgage.
It is not only the cost, there is also a lack of flexibility about when the nursery is available, she says.
“We don’t have family local enough to provide regular support, so that is a constant source of stress within the family which cut the hours and responsibilities at work in order to meet the needs of all.”
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