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What do you pay a 17 year old babysitter?

(10 Posts)
whatwouldjackdo Fri 08-Jul-11 18:51:25

We have 2 children age 4 and 12 and have found a very friendly teenager to babysit for a couple of hours every couple of weeks. What should we pay her? Our last babysitter charged £30 (plus travel) for 3ish hours which meant we only had enough money left to go to Mc Donalds!! What is the current acceptable babysitting rate? Happy to be reasonably generous.

Mummyisamonster Fri 08-Jul-11 19:39:28

Depends where you live really. We're in london and our babysitter (who is 30 and works in childcare so pretty experienced) charges £7.50 a an hour. We usually pay the cab fare home too (£5).


PaulaMummyKnowsBest Fri 08-Jul-11 19:43:33

we pay our neighbour (18) £20 for up to 4 hours evening babysitting. My children are 7, 10 and 12.

If we are out longer, we pay £30

We are in St Albans, Herts

Danthe4th Fri 08-Jul-11 23:14:32

My 16 year old dd gets £5 per hour and I think thats fair.

AlsoAvailableSober Fri 08-Jul-11 23:16:33

I pay £5 p.h for a qualified CRB checked babysitter who drives herself. But we are proper rural so this may not be a good barometer grin

redglow Sat 09-Jul-11 14:31:27

I charge seven pounds my daughter who is 18 charges six.

Tuppenyrice Sat 09-Jul-11 14:33:34

I pay £5/6 per hour to teenagers and au pairs. Nannies charge more (£7-£12 per hour). So I use the teens!

Sidge Sat 09-Jul-11 14:36:30

I pay 5 pounds per hour to the nursery staff who have babysat for me occasionally and round it up rather than down.

Also tell them to help themselves to food and drink of course.

LawrieMarlow Sat 09-Jul-11 14:37:02

We paid £5/hour to our 16 year old babysitter.

valiumredhead Sat 09-Jul-11 14:39:46

I pay ours £3 per hour as that's what she charges but end up giving her more as she is so lovely.

Depends where you live, in London I was paying £8 for a 15 yr old, 5 years ago.

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