Latvia's childcare arrangements broadly similar to EU trend

In 2020, more than half (53.4%) of all the children aged less than three years in the EU were cared for exclusively by their parents, a 13.4% increase compared with 2019, according to latest data from Eurostat. For Latvia, the figure was 60.8%.

The share of children under three years of age cared for by only their parents varied considerably across the EU Member States, from a low of 21.9% in the Netherlands and Portugal, and 29.1% in Denmark, up to over 65.0% in Czechia (66.3%), Lithuania (69.5%) and Bulgaria (71.8%), reaching its peak in Germany with 80.2%. 

Across the EU almost one third (32.3%) of children aged less than 3 were in formal care for at least one hour per week (-8.5% compared with 2019). For Latvia the figure was 26.3%.

The figures were afected by the arrival of the coronavirus, Eurostat said.

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