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Decent affordable child care 'down to luck,' study finds

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29 Aug 2014

 

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Welsh councils also lag behind those in England and Scotland in having enough holiday childcare, the Family and Childcare Trust said.

The trust claims finding decent, affordable care for school-age children is "down to luck" for many families.

A Welsh government spokesman said it was committed to improving access to affordable childcare.

The trust drew on its own surveys, a poll of parents and an analysis of councils' own assessments of the supply and demand for childcare in its areas for the study.

The analysis concluded that two fifths (40%) of councils across England, Scotland and Wales had enough out-of-school care for five to 11-year-olds during term time in all or most local authority areas.

The figure for out-of-school activities for 12 to 14-year-olds in all or most authorities was one in four (25%) across all three nations.

But when that figure was broken down by nation, the finding was 27% in England, 28% in Scotland and 5% in Wales.

Wales was also the lowest of the three countries on the provision of enough holiday childcare at 18%.

The report said: "For many families whether they find affordable and quality childcare is down to luck.

"The current out-of-school childcare system has serious problems when it comes to availability and affordability and in many areas not enough is being done to make things better.

"Out-of-school childcare needs to be given greater attention by government and local authorities."

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