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Parents' views and use of early learning and childcare: data tables

Figures showing parents’ and carers’ current use, future potential use, views and experiences of early learning and childcare.


Affordability

Table A15: Whether parents pay for any of the ELC they use for eligible children

Overall Most deprived Least deprived
Yes 54% 45% 66%
No 45% 55% 33%
Don't know 0% 1% 0%
Base (unweighted) 5561 580 1321

Table A16: Banded monthly spend on ELC (those who pay for eligible children)

Overall Most deprived Least deprived
Average £494 £405 £624
Less than £100 11% 17% 5%
£100-£300 26% 28% 19%
£300-£500 23% 22% 23%
£500-£700 17% 20% 18%
£700-£900 10% 6% 13%
£900+ 14% 6% 22%
Base (unweighted) 3039 250 869

Table A17: Whether would want or need to top up 1140 hours

Overall With eligible children No eligible children Most deprived Least deprived
Would need to top up 1140 hours 42% 38% 48% 35% 52%
Would not need to top up 1140 hours 31% 35% 26% 36% 26%
Don't know 27% 27% 26% 29% 22%
Base (unweighted) 6795 3979 2816 697 1644

Table A18: Whether experienced difficulties affording ELC costs in the last year (those who pay for eligible children)

Overall Most deprived Least deprived
No difficulties 29% 17% 37%
Some difficulties 52% 58% 48%
Significant difficulties 18% 24% 14%
I don't know 2% 2% 1%
Base (unweighted) 3132 260 887

Table A19: Nature of affordability problems experienced (those who pay for eligible children)

Overall Most deprived Least deprived
The high cost of childcare 97% 96% 99%
Having to pay refundable deposits 7% 8% 6%
Having to pay childcare fees upfront ( e.g. for entire month/quarter/year) 26% 27% 24%
Having to pay other costs upfront such as registration fees 7% 6% 8%
Transport costs 6% 8% 4%
Additional costs such as trips, other activities at the childcare provider 9% 9% 8%
Base (unweighted) 1948 195 518

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