Childcare rates in Raleigh among the most expensive in the country
The post drew dozens of responses from other childcare providers and parents; discuss their views.
“Every family has different schedules, different needs,” said foster care manager Alyssa Ploeger with College Nannies & Sitters. “I think it’s difficult because there are so many options right now and childcare is in high demand.”
Babysitting service UrbanSitter just released its 11th annual national rate study which highlighted the average hourly rate for families with two or fewer children.
The national hourly average for child care is $20.57 per hour for one child. For two children, the hourly average climbs to $23.25 per hour.
In Raleigh, the hourly average is $19.94 for one child and $20.21 for two children.
San Antonio ranks last with hourly averages of $12.70 and $15.66, respectively. New York City came out on top with hourly rates of $23.45 and $24.77.
Ploeger thinks it’s because of the out-of-town transplants.
“We have a lot of people who come from California or the West Coast or New York who are used to the higher rates,” she said. “Child care workers are demanding more. And I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve seen this major exodus is that they’re standing up for themselves and asking for their worth. So I think people are starting to get what they really deserve.”
The survey reports that child care rates increased by 11% last year. For comparison, inflation increased by 7%.
“It can take a bit of time to find the perfect fit for a family if they’re looking for specificity in days and times,” Ploeger added. “I would say start early. You don’t know how long it’s going to take right now. Just keep working. Be patient and you’ll get through this and it will happen, it will happen.”
Some post multiple times to these Facebook groups after failing.
“I’m trying again,” wrote a mom from Triangle when posting about her job seeking childcare.
Ploeger tells parents to keep their options open, which includes a nanny placement service – all of whom provide their service for a fee.
Additionally, for the amount of work parents ask of nannies and babysitters, Ploeger strongly encourages parents to show their appreciation to childcare providers to increase retention.
“Leave them a note. A post-it or just send them a random message. It doesn’t have to be big, but whatever you do will be memorable. It will stand out,” she said. declared.
UrbanSitter suggests parents consider location, job responsibilities, skills and experience, transportation, extra expenses, and children with special needs when determining how much to pay a babysitter.
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