Registration fees for childminders and nurseries are to increase by more than 22 per cent from next year, sparking fears that it will cause a fall in the already dwindling number of childcare providers. iNews reports.
Ofsted registration fees for childminders will increase by 23%, from £35 to £43, while for nurseries and other full-time daycare providers the charge will go up 22% from £220 to £269.
Francesca Chong, manager of Yoopies UK, said: “Instead of putting up prices, I would call for Ofsted to consider scrapping the registration fee altogether and subsidise the cost of registration fully. It is clear that new measures must be put in place to avoid a crisis. HMRC is already successfully taking steps to become one of the most digitalised tax services in the world, why not extend this to other departments in government such as DfE?”
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