19 Jul 2012
A report by the Daycare Trust has found that the cost of council childcare in Scotland over the summer holidays has leapt by almost a quarter.
The statistics have shown that it now costs £96 a week, compared to £78 a week last year.
The Scottish Conservatives have expressed concern at the rise, and have long called not only for childcare to be more affordable, but also to involve more flexibility.
The report stated the overall rise for childcare, including private providers, is up 10 per cent from 2011.
Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith said:
“This increase is a matter of considerable concern, particularly because it has gone up at a far greater rate than inflation.
“But from talking to young mothers across Scotland, it is also the flexibility involved in these arrangements that is causing concern.
“More flexible provision should be a priority for us all; it would allow parents a better chance of progressing their career and income, while ensuring a more stable, secure environment for Scotland’s youngsters.
“We need more options not only on when the care is provided, but who provides it.”