Most expensive regions for childcare in UK revealed

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The UK’s largest platform for childcarers and parents has revealed which UK regions are the most expensive for childcare services, with London unsurprisingly topping the list across every service.

Over the last year has analysed the prices its childminders, babysitters, nannies and day nurseries charge per hour across the UK to find the average cost of childcare in each area.

Members of the public can find out what the average childcare cost is in their area here: has used its data to create a nationwide league table of the most expensive regions to hire a childcare professional. London tops each list as the most expensive, with Yorkshire and The Humber the cheapest for childminding, the North East the cheapest for nannies and babysitting and the East Midlands the cheapest for nurseries.

The most expensive UK regions based on average hourly rate for childcare is as follows:


  1. London – £8.60
  2. South East – £7.75
  3. Scotland – £6.88
  4. North West – £6.84
  5. South West – £6.71
  6. West Midlands – £6.60
  7. Yorkshire and The Humber – £6.54
  8. Wales – £6.53
  9. North East – £6.38
  10. East Midlands – £6.33 has also broken down the data by type of service, to reveal the most expensive regions for childminders, nurseries, babysitters and nannies: is a platform that allows parents to search for and connect with babysitters, childminders, nannies, nurseries, private tutors and schools and allows childcare providers to advertise their services. The site has more than 1.5 million users nationwide and is the largest online community for parents in the UK, having launched in 2009.


Richard Conway, founder of said, “It’s always interesting to find out which areas of the UK are the most expensive when it comes to childcare services. It’s no surprise that London topped the list as the most expensive region across all sectors. However, price depends on the professional, so it will never be something the industry has a standard pricing structure on, which is why I think it’s useful to see the average of other childcare professionals.”


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