Parents are spending up to one third of their weekly earnings putting their children in nurseries or with child-minders.
New research reveals the lowest nursery costs are in the Midlands and the cheapest childminders are found in the North-West.
Parents in London pay the highest prices – up to £400 per week for a child minder, and £200 a week to send a child to a nursery.
Two-thirds of parents say there is a lack of affordable childcare in their area, according to research for the Daycare Trust.
Childcare Costs Rising