A new survey carried out by the Daycare Trust and Save The Children which questioned 4,359 parents has found that nearly a quarter were in debt because of daycare costs.

The survey has found that 58% of people didn’t benefit from working after paying for childcare and 61% said they were struggling to pay for childcare.

Kate Groucutt, policy and research director at the Daycare Trust, said: “It is unacceptable that parents are being forced into debt in order to pay for childcare.