Child­care costs in the spot­light

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Par­ents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are pay­ing less than the na­tional av­er­age for child care, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures.

On­line so­cial plat­form Child­care.co.uk has re­leased fig­ures that show the av­er­age cost of child care in La­nark­shire is £6.12 an hour.

That is 17 per cent be­low the UK av­er­age of £7.16. The most ex­pen­sive type of child­care in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang is nan­ny­ing, which costs on av­er­age £8.80 per hour, fol­lowed by babysit­ting at £7.21, child­mind­ing at £4.14 and day nurs­eries at £4.33.

Child­care in places like To­ry­glen, Castlemilk, King’s Park and Croft­foot is slightly more ex­pen­sive than Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures. More than 1,364 peo­ple are ac­tively look­ing for child­care in La­nark­shire, with more than 493 ser­vice providers search­ing for work, mean­ing de­mand is sig­nif­i­cantly out­strip­ping sup­ply.

The Glas­gow av­er­age is £6.39, nan­ny­ing costs on av­er­age £9.07 an hour, child­mind­ing is £4.26, babysit­ting is £7.82 and nurs­ery £4.39.

The Lon­don hourly av­er­age for child­care sits nearly 28 per cent higher than La­nark­shire at £8.45, mean­ing La­nark­shire par­ents pay on av­er­age £2.33 an hour less than par­ents in the UK’s big­gest city.

Richard Con­way, CEO and founder of Child­care.co.uk, said:“Prices for all types of com­modi­ties and ser­vices change based on lo­ca­tion, and it’s no dif­fer­ent for child­care.

“Lon­don is known to be more ex­pen­sive than the rest of the coun­try for most goods, but it’s in­ter­est­ing to see that places such as La­nark­shire are so much cheaper.

“We know that child­care is a worry for par­ents across the UK and it’s in­ter­est­ing to see such a big deficit be­tween the num­ber of child­care providers in the area and the num­ber of par­ents in need of child­care.”

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