The average family is now spending £943 for six weeks of summer holiday childcare, according to annual research from Coram Family and Childcare.
This is more than double what families pay during term time, working out at £538 more over the six-week period, and a 3% increase on 2022 prices. The charity warns this makes summer holidays especially challenging for families who are already struggling in the cost of living crisis.
Megan Jarvie, the head of Coram Family and Childcare, said: “The high cost of holiday childcare is going to put a further strain on families’ already stretched budgets. Even if families are able to afford these costs, many will struggle to find a place as we have found shortages right across the country.”
Less than a quarter (24%) of local authorities in England said they have enough childcare options for children whose parents are working full time. Only 5% have enough summer holiday childcare for disabled children.
England has seen the overall availability of childcare fall for all children, but the most prominent drop is for eight to 11-year-olds. Fewer than one in four (23%) councils have enough space for children of this age group, a 7% drop since last year.
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Scotland has also seen significant falls in sufficient childcare, with no local authorities having space for disabled children. The number of childcare spots in rural areas is down by 14%, and for children with parents working full time there has been a drop of 12%.