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How much would you pay a 16yo babysitter for approx 3hrs sitting...?

(25 Posts)
Noomininoo Thu 11-Oct-12 18:21:50

As the title says really. We're about to start using our neighbour's 16yo DD to babysit our 2 DDs (5 & 2yo) maybe a couple of times a month but I've absolutely no idea what the going rate would be for this confused.

It would probably be for about 3hrs between 7pm & 10pm. We'd probably get the girls ready for bed before we go out but the sitter would have to put them to bed (around 7.30pm) & then just basically be there incase they wake up.

How much would you expect to pay for this...?

Beamur Thu 11-Oct-12 18:23:29

It might depend where you are, but I tout my 17 yr old DSD at about £5 an hour, plus sweets and snacks.

windsurf74 Thu 11-Oct-12 18:26:34

A tenner. She's 16, she can do her homework/chat on fb/catch up with friends whilst sitting comfortably in your house! Let's be honest, she won't have to do that much!

If she won't do it, I'd do it for a tenner a couple of times a month!!!

cappucinogirl4 Thu 11-Oct-12 18:28:18

I pay my 18 year old student babysitter £6 per hour when I need cover during school holidays.It's during the day though so she is doing activities with them.

neolara Thu 11-Oct-12 18:28:45

£5 an hour for teenagers round here. I would get it absolutely clear before hand. Ask her how much she wants, or tell her what you're offering and check that this amount it OK.

SoldeInvierno Thu 11-Oct-12 18:29:42

£5 per hour (south east)

Happypiglet Thu 11-Oct-12 18:30:06

I pay my tame teenager £5 an seems quite normal round here.

wednesdaygirl Thu 11-Oct-12 18:42:35

My son gets between £10-£20 depend how late they are xx

forevergreek Fri 12-Oct-12 07:20:37

£5 per hour, and I would put the kids the bed first, especially the 2 year old. As if they play up at bedtime babysitter might not be so keen to keep returning!

justbogoffnow Fri 12-Oct-12 07:24:44


lljkk Fri 12-Oct-12 07:29:19

£5/hour sounds right to me, too.

BrigitBigKnickers Fri 12-Oct-12 07:29:58

Crikey I used to get £5 an hour when I was a teen when dinosaurs rulled the earth quite a few years ago now.

If I was paying a babysitter for three hours I would prob give closer to £20.

My DD babysits for my DSis and she gives her £30! (but perhaps that's because she is also a lovely auntie spoiling her niece.)

popsypie Fri 12-Oct-12 07:33:21

I don't do hourly rate for my babysitter - more like £25 for a not so late night - e.g 8pm until half eleven. Then about £40 for a really late one - e.g 1.30am. It is easy work, but a big responsibility and I want to make it worth her while so she will choose sitting round mine rather than going out with her mates! Oh and we provide snacks too. We are north east.

HSMM Fri 12-Oct-12 07:39:44

DD gets £20 for that time - south east.

When I used to babysit as a teen, I also got a lift home.

ggirl Fri 12-Oct-12 07:43:16

yup i pay 5/hr

Chopstheduck Fri 12-Oct-12 07:48:33

£5 ph

UniS Sat 13-Oct-12 22:48:04

10 or 15. depends on how easy the kids are to put to bed. DS is very easy child,so for a 7-10 I'd offer 10 quid, for a later night I offer 15.

Blondeshavemorefun Sun 14-Oct-12 06:03:03

£5 seems a bit high to me. Not saying pay rubbish money as obv if somethibg happens while you are out they need to be capable of dealing with it - ie tearful sick child - but min wage for over 21 £6.19 and 16 £3.98

For a teenager to basically sit on the sofa and watch tv for £5 seems a lot

Saying that I charge £10 but very old and experienced rofl smile

lljkk Sun 14-Oct-12 09:54:21

I would have said £10 for the evening if the possibility of changing nappies wasn't involved, and 2 children to watch rather than 1, especially one under 5.

colditz Sun 14-Oct-12 09:57:54

I give my baby sitter £20 for the evening, but she is 20 and I have up to four kids that need watching, one with asd.

anewyear Mon 15-Oct-12 09:07:15

Just being nosey grin but is that £10 PH Blondes?

LeBFG Mon 15-Oct-12 09:20:18

The exchange rate works out at about 5.50 an hour for 18yo. I pay this for day or evening work. For one 18mo. The hours soon add up and I think this is a good wage to what's available locally. I figure it's worth paying well at night even though she does nothing so I can call her up as and when it suits me. My english neighbour is a bit shock when I told her: she thinks it should be 4 quid an hour.

SamSmalaidh Mon 15-Oct-12 09:23:41

I would pay £12-£15 I think, plus snacks. I pay £20 to an adult babysitter for those hours.

DD(nearly 16) gets £3.50 per hour for Saturday job- she would be thrilled with the same for baby sitting (much less hard work than washing up and mopping!)

Cahoots Sun 21-Oct-12 22:10:18

My 16 year old gets £6 and hour and £10 an hour after midnight. She was offered this and was delighted to accept.
She takes the job very seriously and always tidies up etc. She knows how lucky she is.

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