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Quick question for people with own children

Discussion in 'Personal' started by rc07, May 7, 2012.

  1. rc07

    rc07 New commenter

    Hi all, I have a question for people with children - how much would you expect to pay for a babysitter? I have received an enquiry about some evening/weekend sitting for a family with four children including some SEN (don't know yet what the SEN is) and am going to ring the mum later to discuss it. I haven't babysat for anyone except friends and family (who I obviously don't charge) for a number of years and don't really know what the going rate is.

    I am in my 20s, experienced teacher so well qualified to deal with SEN and children generally - they are not getting a teenager. I wouldn't expect lifts home or anything. They are based in London (Kensington) and as I mentioned four, presumably fairly young, children.

    What would you suggest my rates are?
     
  2. rc07

    rc07 New commenter

    Hi all, I have a question for people with children - how much would you expect to pay for a babysitter? I have received an enquiry about some evening/weekend sitting for a family with four children including some SEN (don't know yet what the SEN is) and am going to ring the mum later to discuss it. I haven't babysat for anyone except friends and family (who I obviously don't charge) for a number of years and don't really know what the going rate is.

    I am in my 20s, experienced teacher so well qualified to deal with SEN and children generally - they are not getting a teenager. I wouldn't expect lifts home or anything. They are based in London (Kensington) and as I mentioned four, presumably fairly young, children.

    What would you suggest my rates are?
     
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    I think the rate depends on what you are expected to do and the age and degree of special needs of the children. I wouldn't touch it for less than £40 an hour.
     
  4. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    Is this because
    • you are you and you are worth it?
    • there may NOT be a bath filled with chocolate for you to bathe in?
    • they live in Kensington and are therefore loaded?
     
  5. Pageant

    Pageant Occasional commenter

    I'd rather stay in than pay £40 an hour!
     
  6. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Daytime rates are higher than evening rates, when presumably the children are in bed and you just need to be in the house.
    After midnight is also a higher rate.

    I used to get £5 an hour when I was 14 in the daytime, and £3 after bedtime... and that was 20 years ago.
    You can factor in inflation for yourself.
     
  7. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    Make sure it is just babysitting and recognised as such. You are just a reasonably responsible person who is supervising their children in their absence. You aren't employed as someone with experience or skills with children or Special Needs; if you were, you'd need to have public liability insurance and be a registered childcare provider.
     
  8. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    I understand going rate is about a tenner an hour.
     
  9. Forty pounds an hour is laughably high as a fee. I would never pay that much!
     
  10. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    This would be my main reason. But, as I said, this could be a heavy number if it's during the day when the children are all awake and some have special needs.
     
  11. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    Good point. The OP did mention evenings and weekends. But £40 an hour?
    This is a different world to the one I live in and one that might appeal at those rates of pay.
     
  12. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    per child?
     
  13. bristolmover

    bristolmover New commenter

    I occasionally babysit and charge £20 an evening or £30 for more than one child. Seems worth it for a night in front of the telly
     
  14. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

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  15. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    Just because you wouldn't pay that much doesn't mean to say that affluent folk in Kensington wouldn't. Often the more you charge the more sought after you are.
     
  16. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I they have 4 kids, live in Kensington and can afford to go out then they must be minted!
     
  17. dozymare1957

    dozymare1957 Occasional commenter

    Babysitting four children? You must be mad!
    You couldn't pay me enough and I had four of my own, one of whom has ASD.
    Get a job in a pub instead. [​IMG]
     
  18. I pay 6 € an hour as an evening rate during the week, if I really have to resort to a babysitter.
    I don't use babysitters during the day or at weekends, ever.
    I would not pay more. My kids are asleep, there is not a lot to do!
     
  19. rc07

    rc07 New commenter

    Thank you for the replies.
    dozymare1957 yes, possibly mad. I've done pub work in the past but would like babysitting since I'm not teaching currently and would like to be doing something child-related to keep a relevant thing on my CV. (I know that sitting isn't teaching, but it's flexible, would fit around my current work and might lead to tutoring or similar). I work away sometimes and a regular hours job in a pub could interfere with that, whereas babysitting is more flexible/changeable.
    I reckon £40 is a little steep (though if they offer I wouldn't say no!) but I would expect more that £6 an hour for four children unless they were all in bed all the time and I therefore had to do nothing. I earned £5 an hour ten or so years ago as a teenager.
    Thanks again all.
     
  20. Go for 16 quid an hour (for 4 kids) + a rate of 25 quid an hour each hour after midnight.

     

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