Daycare Trust Annual Childcare Providers Survey

Date Posted: 09 July 2011

On 28th June 2011, Daycare Trust published their annual survey of London childcare providers. The ‘London Childcare Providers Survey', surveyed 430 childcare providers from across London, including private and voluntary sector day nurseries, childminders, nursery schools, pre-schools, crèches, holiday clubs and breakfast/afterschool clubs. The survey found:


  •     When asked what were the top five issues they currently faced, almost four in ten London childcare providers said parents not being able to afford the fees was a concern (39 per cent).
  •     Ability of parents to pay for childcare was cited by almost a third (32 per cent) of settings as something which is putting the most financial strain on their service and threatening their sustainability.
  •     One in three settings cited local authority cuts as one of the top five issues they faced and 13 per cent said direct cuts to funding was an issue.
  •     The majority of nurseries and preschools (51 per cent) believed that the 15 hours free entitlement for three and four year olds had either had a ‘very positive' or ‘positive' effect on their setting.
  •     In a continuing trend from last year's survey, settings again reported increased running costs (49 per cent)  and decreased demand for places (46 per cent) as an impact of the recession.