Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 3°C

Search

Suffolk: Soaring costs of nursery places over the last decade

16:31 07 March 2013

Julie Bullivant, director of nursery services, playing with plasticine with 3 year old Tadi Muparasta.

Julie Bullivant, director of nursery services, playing with plasticine with 3 year old Tadi Muparasta.

The cost of a nursery place has almost doubled over the last decade, and parents are struggling to cope with soaring fees, childcare charities have warned.

A report by the Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute found the typical cost per hour for a nursery place for a child aged under two has risen by 77% since 2003 to reach £4.26, while wages have stagnated

Imogen Catchpole, co-chairman of the Ipswich & East Suffolk NCT branch, agreed that parents do find childcare a challenge. She said: “While the NCT does not hold an official position on the rising cost of nursery provision, as parents ourselves, we do recognise that this can present a real challenge for parents, trying to juggle the demands and costs of busy lives, along with work and other commitments.

“We try to assist local parents as much as possible with postnatal services, advice and support.”

The average weekly cost of a part-time nursery placement for a child aged under two years old in the East of England is £106, which is the national average.

Julie Bullivant, director of nursery services for nurseries including Spitfires in Ravenswood, Treehouse in Clapgate Lane, Bluebells in Bond Street and The Oaks in Felixstowe, said their prices have remained competitive. The cost for a part-time nursery place for an under two-year-old is £97.50.

She added: “We have tried to keep our prices down as much as possible. I would not say ours has doubled in the last ten years. It has only really gone up a bit to cover everyday costs and staff wages.”

0 comments

Delivering millions of presents around the world in a single night won’t seem as strenuous this Christmas for Santa after he completed a gruelling obstacle course in Ipswich.

The RSPCA are appealing for animal lovers to come forward and adopt some of the cute creatures they are looking to rehome.

Eagle-eyed shoppers have spent the day looking for the ideal gift at a Christmas market at a church in Felixstowe.

A young man was killed during a crash between a car and a lorry in Essex this morning.

“We won’t let this happen without making a lot of noise”.

A diving club has marked its 60th anniversary by renaming two boats after founding members.

An Ipswich musician is this month ditching the razor in tribute to his sister who bravely overcame bowel cancer.

A coroner looking into the death of an 85-year-old man whose body was washed up in Orford Ness says we might never know what happened to him.

Members of Suffolk County Council are expected to call for Network Rail to invest heavily in the region’s railways following the start of the new Greater Anglia franchise.

The train lines from London to Ipswich have now reopened after a man was hit and killed by a train between Colchester and Manningtree earlier today.

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24