A survey of more than 20,000 working parents reported that the government is failing them with inadequate childcare policies that leave them at a financial disadvantage and create an obstacle in their careers.
96% of parents surveyed believed ministers were not doing enough to support parents with the cost and availability of childcare and 97% reported childcare in the UK was too expensive.
One-third of parents surveyed claimed they had spent more on childcare than on rent or mortgage payments.
This rose to 38% for those in full-time employment or single-parent families and to 47% for respondents from a black ethnic background.
This survey was triggered after a petition for an independent review of childcare funding and affordability reached 100,000 parent signatures.
Results from the survey support data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development showing that the UK has the third most expensive childcare system in the world, averaging out at £12,376 for a full-time placement.