London Families Spend 40% More on After-School Activities

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Families in London spend 40% more on after-school activities for their children than parents living outside the capital, a new survey has found.

The cost of raising a child in the UK continues to soar and parents are having to prioritise their spending when it comes to extra-curricular activities.

On average, parents in London spend £70 a week on after-school activities for their children, with some parents spending in excess of £1,000 per month. This contrasts with the rest of the UK, where the weekly average is closer to £50.

The survey, which was conducted by Maths Doctor - a leading provider of online maths tuition - used a variety of data sources, combined with market research to explore the cost of after-school activities for children in the UK, with a specific focus on the London area.

Other key findings include:

  •     The five most expensive after-school activities in the UK are speech & elocution, horse riding, piano, singing and violin lessons.
  •     The cheapest activities are Guides/Scouts, karate, dance, theatre school and gymnastics.
  •     South and South-West London came out as the most expensive areas in London for after-school activities.
  •     The cheapest prices are found in West and North-West London.
  •     Primary school students engage in up to 7 after-school activities per week with an average of 3.2, compared to 1.7 for secondary-school students with the types of activities varying greatly across age groups.

Rahim Hirji, Maths Doctor CEO, comments: “The cost of raising a child in the UK continues to soar and parents are having to prioritise their spending when it comes to extra-curricular activities, which are becoming increasingly unaffordable for many families. The desire to provide our children access to the best possible opportunities is conflicting with budgetary constraints.”

The findings have been published in a report which is hosted on Maths Doctor’s website (http://www.mathsdoctor.co.uk/after-school) with an accompanying infographic and interactive price checker tool.

Infographic and price checker tool: http://www.mathsdoctor.co.uk/after-school/
Report: http://www.mathsdoctor.co.uk/after-school/report/

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