Blackpool is cheapest in North West for cost of childcare
Blackpool is the cheapest area in the North West for childcare for three and four-year-olds, new figures reveal.
On average, childcare in the resort costs Â£3.75 an hour, according to Department for Education data. For two-year-olds the cost rises to Â£4 an hour.
Across the North West, the most expensive childcare for three and four-year-olds was in Knowsley, Â£6 an hour.
Every three and four-year-old gets 15 hours of free childcare a week, and 30 hours for those with parents who both earn the equivalent of 16 hours at the minimum wage.
Two-year-olds with parents on welfare benefits also get 15 hours free childcare a week.