Childcare Affordability Calculator

We all know that the biggest expense associated with working when you have a young family is the cost of childcare. For couples wanting a family where siblings are close in age, the prospect of having one or more pre-schoolers in childcare can be a financial burden eqivalent to that of a mortgage or rent.

Together with Family Investments we've published our first ever comprehensive analysis of local childcare costs and affordability in Great Britain. Our Childcare affordability report examines the average cost of childcare relative to earnings across Great Britain. See how your area ranks against the national average by using our calculator below.

The chlidcare costs are based on paying for nursery or a childminder for 25 hours a week for a full 52 week year. Earnings data based on full time gross earnings.

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Great Britain Average
Annual earnings(£):
26k
Annual cost of childcare (£):
5k
Percentage
of earnings:
19%
Average hourly earnings:
£12.77
Average hourly childcare costs:
£3.84
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The chlidcare costs are based on paying for nursery or a childminder for 25 hours a week for a full 52 week year.  Earnings data based on full time gross earnings. 

Note: Suffolk was the only county in which researchers were unable to collect data.