The BBC Reports: Almost a quarter of childcare providers are making a loss despite fees in England being among the highest in the world, a report has suggested.
In the poorest areas the proportion making a loss stands at 31%, according to a government survey.
The report also suggests 60% of child minders and about half those offering after-school and holiday care have frozen their fees during the recession.
Childcare charity the Daycare Trust said the findings were a "key concern."
The Childcare Provider Finances Survey for the Department for Education suggests that 11% of child care providers are just breaking even.