When childcare costs are soaring why would anyone pay the higher costs associated in using a babysitting agency? You know that's a pretty good question and worth addressing. As a babysitting agency owner I hear constant complaints about the high cost of childcare, and that it just isn't worth paying an agency fee on top of the hourly rate to the childcare provider. Using an agency isn't for everyone, and you need to evaluate whether or not it is of value to you and your family. Here is a brief list of benefits (and there are more) you can enjoy when going through an agency):
As an owner of a babysitting agency I have real experience with finding qualified babysitters, and I'm always surprised by some of the relaxed attitudes there are out there about babysitting. Like having a living person's life in your hands isn't serious. I've had people show up for interviews with friends in tow, ask what's the big deal about babysitting, wonder why having some college is important, write resumes chock full of grammar errors, simply just being a parent should be enough and I should hire them on the spot without even meeting them or not show up all together after scheduling an interview without so much as a text to cancel.