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Laurence White and his French wife Carole live with their two sons Alexander, 4, and Stanley, 2, outside Paris. They relocated from London a short-time ago - a move partly motivated by the soaring cost of childcare in Britain and what they describe as good, heavily subsidised childcare in France. "We coped well in England when we had our first child, but the cost of two children at a private nursery was unmanageable," said Laurence. "My wife and I were on a combined net income of £36,000 ($58,000) and the nursery was costing about £10,000 ($15,000) a year. It was almost twice what we were spending on our mortgage."

Carole works in advertising, while Laurence is looking for a job. But even on one income, childcare is affordable. Most people send their pre-school children to state-subsidised nurseries or creches, says Laurence. Parents pay a contribution but for most medium-range earners, this is an average of 8 euros ($7) a day, including lunch. "The contribution is income-related, but even the high earners pay a fraction of what they would pay in the UK," he says.

Alexander is in the pre-school year at the local state primary school. Stanley is looked after by a childminder for four days a week, which costs the Whites about 362 euros a month ($312).

"The cost of childcare in the UK is a powerful argument for you to stay away until the children are able to go to state school," Laurence concludes.

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