Nifty & Thrifty

Nurs­ery fees can be the same as a mort­gage – lower your spend­ing with these tips

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The price of child­care has risen four times faster than wages since 2008 – and in some places, in­clud­ing Lon­don and the East Mid­lands, it’s soared even more. Putting a tot through full-time nurs­ery is now a stag­ger­ing £222.36 a week. Here are some tips to help you cut the cost.

WHAT YOU’RE OWED

Check out child­care­choices.gov.uk. The web­site has a clever cal­cu­la­tor, where you can put in in­for­ma­tion about your fam­ily and see what child­care op­tions and ben­e­fits are avail­able to you from the govern­ment. Reg­is­ter with the web­site and you’ll also get email up­dates if they find a bet­ter op­tion for you.

CAN YOU GET HELP?

Check if your, or your part­ner’s, em­ployer of­fers a tax-free child­care voucher scheme. If your cur­rent child­care provider doesn’t ac­cept the par­tic­u­lar vouch­ers that are of­fered cur­rently, ask them if they’d con­sider sign­ing up. It’s def­i­nitely a scheme that’s worth tak­ing ad­van­tage of.

CAN YOU AC­CESS FREE CHILD­CARE?

If you have the of­fer of free child­care from a friend or a fam­ily mem­ber, but it doesn’t fit in with the times that you are cur­rently work­ing, do talk to your em­ployer about the pos­si­bil­ity of chang­ing your hours. You may well be pleas­antly sur­prised – after all, flexi work­ing is the way of the fu­ture.

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