Camberwell and Peckham Childcare – a constituency profile • 10,600 children aged 0-4 • 15,000 children aged 5-14 • 36 per cent of children lived in poverty in 2013 (after housing costs)
Childcare costs in Camberwell and Peckham • Nurseries, childminders and after-school clubs tend to have similar prices to the London-wide averages, whereas holiday childcare is 20-30 per cent cheaper. • London average prices are £152.06 per week for a part-time nursery place for a child under two, childminders = £5.85 per hour, after-school clubs = £53.65 per week and a holiday club = £111.78 per week.
Gaps in provision in Camberwell and Peckham • Local authorities are obliged to carry out an annual childcare sufficiency report that examines the supply of and demand for childcare and also provides and action plan explaining how any gaps might be filled. This report is meant to be made available to councillors and parents. Southwark Council has not undertaken any childcare sufficiency reviews since 2011, so it is difficult to see if previous gaps have been filled. • There is significant need for childcare for parents who have atypical work patterns in this local authority.
Free early education in Camberwell and Peckham • 1,920 two year olds were eligible for free early education in September 2014. Take up stood at 55 per cent in November 2014, above the London-wide average (50 per cent), but lower than the national averages (60 per cent). • 84 per cent of three year olds are receiving free early education, compared with 94 per cent nationally. This local authority needs to ensure that all three and four year olds also benefit from free early education.
Comment The local authority has set up a childcare commission jointly with Lambeth and chaired by Dame Tessa Jowell. This will report in 2015.
Sources: ONS Mid -year population estimates, End Child Poverty Campaign, Family and Childcare Trust costs survey dataset, Department for Education Provision for Children Under Five 2014 statistics. Registered charity number: 1077444 Registered company number: 3753345