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Why is childcare so expensive in Britain? Because the law is dumb

by | 9th, January 2013

NOT that you’d need to be all that intelligent to grasp this particular point.

You’ll have heard it said that the UK has the most expensive childcare in Europe. Heck, the World, Galaxy, Milky Way. This leading inevitably to the conclusion that more money must be ripped off people without children to be spent on caring for the snotbreeders of others.

But the obvious question is, why is childcare so expensive here? Given that my daughter does this for a living I know it’s not because the child carers are getting high wages. So, why ?

Childminders and nurseries will be able to double the number of children they look after under radical plans to cut care bills for working families.

Ministers are considering a move to copy French childcare rules where each member of staff can look after up to eight children. In England the limit is just four toddlers.

It is hoped that reducing the red-tape burden on employers will help to bring down childcare bills which sees British parents spending more than a quarter of their income on looking after their children.

Oh, right. You mean its the government regulations that make it all so damn expensive then? And we could halve the cost just by changing the regulations?
But, but, think of the children! Their

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  • Greg

    Good story – silly hook. Would you expect baby Andrew to get the triain on his own.

  • I don’t suppose Andrew could catch the train on his own even today

  • dairy

    French children sit still and do what they’re told….? really….? must be a different part of France then, because from what I have seen, they are largely unruly, undisciplined and their parents seem to be immune to the nuisance and disturbance they cause to others…. 🙂