Almost my entire salary in the 80s and early 90s went on childcare costs. We had to be very careful with money. There was no nursery provision like nowadays and I used childminders who my children were fond of. It is a shame that things are still so bad.
Yes, why only women waiting for childcare? My SIL gave up his job to look after my grandchildren as he earned less than my daughter so it was a no brainer.
I can remember a neighbour complaining about the cost of childcare in the 80's, it has always been a large proportion of income.
I childminded a little girl in the 70's, I was paid 10p and hour! I must have been happy with that though. I had one visit from social services and the fire brigade, and that was that. No official ever contacted me again!
We have nursery places at my grandchildren’s school but the hours offered are little use to a full time working mum. My daughter used a nursery for her child for her pre school years and the initial two years were expensive becoming less when the 30 free hours kicked in. Her and her husband factored in the cost between them even though at the time she was the highest earner. She also used the tax relief system against the cost I believe. I don’t ever remember her complaining that the government should pay any more towards this. Her choice to have a child therefore the costs involved were up to the parents Childcare and the free hours she used didn’t even exist when my children were small
Like Grandmabatty my salary went almost exclusively on Nursery fees/childcare for a number of years. It was a decision I took as I knew it would be difficult to get back in the workplace and I needed my skill set to be current. It has been a quandary for parents for years.
My daughter is now 30 and was at nursery from six months. Some free hours started when she was about three, although didn't cover the whole day and was only for term time. That must have been in about 2000 or 2001.
I would have thought that the sensible way forward was to see nursery placement as part of the education system - in fact some nursery’s operate out of state schools.
It simply should not be compulsory until a designated age.
They do operate in state schools but parents still pay extra until the children move into the reception class. I am in a fortunate position. I could afford to leave paid work and help my three adult DC with childcare. We can live off of DH income. Many waspi women are forced to remain in the workforce so cannot take on the caring roles they once willingly did.
I don't know about all settings, but in my experience nurseries are far more costly to run per head than classes higher up the school. Staff, physical space, equipment etc.
Yes, I think the biggest issue is staff. I can't remember the exact ratios, but I think it's 1:3 for under two year olds. Even though nursery staff aren't paid as well as teachers, it's still a lot of money.