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The spiraling cost of childcare

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The spiraling cost of childcare

On this episode of the Money Matters podcast Danni and Laura discuss the issue of childcare costs. With inflation shooting up and options hard to come by after lockdowns pushed a number of providers to quit or close, prices are at an all-time high.

We hear from a number of mums about how they’re coping by using family to fill in or by quitting work altogether.

We talk through the help that’s available and discuss why many parents aren’t accessing what they’re entitled to, particularly when it comes to tax-free childcare. The issue has become a political hot-potato and the government says it’s looking at ways to bring down costs, but providers aren’t convinced some of the plans are feasible. Danni chats to Purnima Tunuku, chief executive of the National Day Nursery Association, about what her members think about the current state of the system in the UK, what parents are paying for and why it’s so expensive.

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