Scottish families are paying the highest childcare fees in the UK, according to new survey data.
The results of a poll by Save the Children and the Daycare Trust show that childcare expenses in the country have increased since last April, when the Government introduced cuts to its financial support for childcare.
According the results, 44 000 fewer families will receive help with childcare costs.
The average costs now exceed £100 for a part-time place (25 hours) in many parts of Britain with the average yearly expenditure for a child under two standing at £5,103. The most expensive nursery recorded by this year’s survey costs £300 for 25 hours care – that’s £15,000 for a year’s childcare.