Parents Are Flabbergasted By How Much Childcare Costs In Germany

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Childcare costs are sky high in the UK. (Photo: SDI Productions via Getty Images)
Childcare costs are sky high in the UK. (Photo: SDI Productions via Getty Images)

Childcare costs are sky high in the UK. (Photo: SDI Productions via Getty Images)

Parents will know that childcare costs in the UK are huge. For mums and dads wanting someone to take care of their children while they work, fees are sky high.

But as one mum showed on social media, it’s not the case for countries around the world.

Sharmaine Lovegrove, a publisher at Dialogue Books, shared on social media that in Berlin, Germany where she lives, the cost of childcare is €23 (£19.35) per child. And she has twins, so that’s a mere €46 (£38.69) per month.

The mum said for that price, the nursery offers two childminders, two naps, two snacks a day, a dog to play with, all organic lunch, and trips to the park.

Germany enjoys affordable prices for childminding and government subsidiaries are also available, particularly for low income families.

By comparison, the UK costs thousands of pounds for the same services.

In fact, almost two thirds of families are paying more, or the same, for their childcare as they do their rent or mortgage, according to a survey of 27,000 parents of young children.

In the survey by online forum Mumsnet and the charity Pregnant Then Screwed, one in four parents say they had to cut down on food, heat and clothing to afford childcare.

It found that 62% of parents say the cost of childcare is now the same or more than their domestic costs. This rose to 73% among single parents and parents who work full-time, with high childcare costs being a key driver for women pushed into low-paid, part-time work.

Seeing the prices paid by parents in Germany left many UK parents freshly incensed at the extortionate fees in the UK.

The stark difference speaks to the campaigns that Pregnant Then Screwed has relentlessly pushed in the UK, advocating for better childcare provisions.

The charity’s founder, Joeli Brearley, previously commented about the crisis: “The government’s approach to childcare just is not working. Time and time again research shows that if the government were to invest in a good quality childcare system, it would pay for itself through increased taxes, but it also decreases the attainment gap between the richest and the poorest children.

“Childcare investment reduces the welfare bill, gets more people into work, improves the skills shortage and has long term benefits for children. They don’t understand that this isn’t just a women’s issue, it’s an economic issue. The government says they want to support hard working families, but families don’t work without childcare.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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