|The Childcare Costs Survey 2009 found that the yearly cost of a typical nursery place for a child under two is now £8,684 in England, £8,216 in Scotland and £7,592 in Wales.
A typical full-time nursery place for a child under two is now £167 per week compared with average earnings of £479 per week.
London and the South East had the highest childcare costs, which typically ranged from £173 to £226 a week.
The survey also found that childcare costs have increased by five per cent in the past 12 months, whereas inflation currently stands at 3.1 per cent.
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