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How much does childcare cost?

Use our OneFamily childcare affordability and childcare cost calculator to give your family the tools you need to help with budgeting and planning.

Here at OneFamily we know that childcare costs account for a significant portion of the household budget so we wanted to give you the tools to answer the big question... How much does childcare cost?

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Childcare cost calculator

If you're planning your monthly household budget, our childcare cost calculator can help give you an idea of how much you should be putting aside for childcare. Fill in the fields below and you'll get an estimate based where you live, the type of childcare you need, the age of your children and the weekly number of hours of care they require.

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How many children you have

Child 1
 
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Remember, these figures are an estimate based on the Family and Childcare Trust's Childcare Costs Survey 2015 – costs will vary from provider to provider.

Can you afford childcare?

Use our childcare affordability calculator to discover the annual cost of childcare in your area. Compare your area's childcare costs with the the UK's average cost of childcare to identify the affordability of childcare in your area.

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Your Region
Annual earnings (£):
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Annual cost of childcare (£):
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Percentage
of earnings:
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Average hourly earnings:
£0.00
Average hourly childcare costs:
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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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Childcare costs are based on paying for nursery or childminder for 25 hours a week for a full 52-week year.

These figures have been calculated by comparing the Family and Childcare Trust's Childcare Costs Survey 2015 with the average annual rounded earnings for that region as defined by the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2015.

Finding budgeting a struggle?

Childcare costs are high, and it's not surprising that many families find them difficult to cover without cutting into other vital parts of their budget.

The resources below provide more information on the support available to you and your family:

  • Gov.uk Childcare and Parenting: Government portal with information on the financial support available for childcare, as well as child benefit and tax credits.
  • Money Advice Service: Help with childcare costs. More information on what and how much families in the UK are entitled to.
  • Family and Childcare Trust: Charity that produces research on childcare and campaigns for greater governmental support.
Note: Whilst we take care to ensure Hub content is accurate at the time of publication, individual circumstances can differ so please don't rely on it when making financial decisions.

Save for your child's future

Although a long way off when you are currently paying for childcare, we have a selection of simple, affordable ways to invest for your child's future. Perfect for a contribution towards life events including university fees, first car or even a house deposit.

Did you know we're an award-winning children's savings and investments provider?*. 

 All of these products invest in stocks and shares so we want to remind you that their value can fall as well as rise, meaning your child could get back less than was paid in.

*We won the Moneyfacts award for Best Junior ISA Provider in 2015 and 2016. As Family Investments we won the same award in 2012 and 2014.