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but was surprised to see they paid £22-27 for three hours for childcare professional babysitting
this is very cheap for qualified, mostly ofsted registered practitioners isn't it?
am a bit fed up to think that's the going rate. not really worth signing up is it
The DBS is coming in next month but I don't think the constant update part is operational yet.
pink actually a new crb check is being introduce where employees can be checked on more regularly it is essentially going online, i think it is already up and running so anyone applying for a crb check now will go on to the new system and then everyone else will have to re apply for their crb when requested by employers, so the idea is that employers check the crb yearly to keep themselves up to date, does that make sense as my brain doesn't appear to be engaging any more
Someone I know still works for Sitters. She stopped childminding when Birth to 3 (2003/4?) came out and hasn't worked in childcare since.
No-one has bothered to check.
pink - I am a bit about CRB checks, because they only tell you about that person up to the current date.
I pay extra for a new babysitter through sitters to be here for half an hour before we go out so that I can make sure the boys are comfortable with them, and that I feel comfortable leaving them with them.
I would rather use sitters than employ a local teenager with no experience of looking after preschoolers.
I think you are over thinking it with your scaremongering really. Of course I would approach hiring a nanny or choosing a childminder in a different way, because I would want them to provide a nurturing, educational environment for my child, and they would be spending a lot of time with them.
Half an hour before bedtime to read a few stories and get them a drink of water if they wake up is not the same at all.
Sorry Pink - I was replying to the OP, not you. Indded, I x-posted with you
Think being, most of the (qualified in childcare up to Level 3) girls who work through the day in day nurseries, are doing so for £6.19 an hour, to look after up to 8 pre-school children (3 if they are all babies, or 4 if inbetween) all day, whilst they are all awake and active.
I'd have thought your average 2 - 3 child household, where mostly the children are likely to be asleep for most of the time, would be pretty easy in comparison. No Learning Journals to write or obeservations to do either .
If they were not planning to go out otherwise, then sitting on someone else's sofa watching a bit of TV, or reading or whatever rather than their own, is easy money for them. When I was paying babysitters (always local teens), then I'd round up a bit or add some on top if they'd had to do extra.... never happened to me, but as someone said above, if a child had been sick...., but generally it's a minimum wage job.
Not sure why you are protesting about it so much OP - if you don't want the work, then don't do it. Simples.
@ scrablet, you are self employed working for sitters, you are bound under self employment law to pay for everything and then put it threw your tax return at the end of the year. You CRB should be free if you do this, it would be classed as income and lower your tax, also you can put petrol costs threw to and from the sit as that lowers your tax also. If you ask inland revenue about the benefit side, if you have another job, say a nanny, you can then be part employed and part self employed.
Just like to add, however, despite being a qualified, certified, working teacher, Sitters did ask me for NEW CRB check.(Only last year) and really, how often do you want these checks done? They cost a lot (I had to cover the cost) and they really are only valid on day they are issued...like an MOT [sad}
I also don't think anyone should be unduly complacent about using a nanny agency either - there are some disreputable and negligent ones out there as many nannies and parents on here have testified.
I'm not disagreeing that a parent would be wise to make their own checks. Nor am I suggesting that Sitters is the way to go for most parents, but I do think some level of checking is better than none, and generally speaking that using a childcare practitioner is better than a local teenager or other unqualified and inexperienced individual. I think clarifying that the company offers an introduction service rather than a recruitment service is a useful distinction.
@ minderjinx, I would happily use an individual from an advert or from childcare.co.uk or nannyjob.co.uk. I would simply vet them myself and as they were my own sitter, I can pay them to spend time with my children before I leave, I actually have 2 regular babysitters, I vetted them both myself, they both have written references, first aid, up to date CRB checks. I have seen written references and taken verbal references, I also have looked at all their qualifications and experience myself.
C r b's are out of date the next day and to be honest they only tell me the person hasn't been caught yet if they are of a mind to be a criminal.
I think you have to go with your instincts and you can tell a lot by getting the sitter arrive half an hour before you leave the house and watch them with the children. I'd also never leave a non verbal child with anyone I didn't know.
I understand your concerns Pinkchick, but to be fair it is obvious that a lot of people would use a local teenager or somebody advertising in the local newsagent, with no background checks or references and no first aid training or other qualifications, so you could argue that limited checks by Sitters are a step up from that. Also the new(ish) enhanced CRBs don't go out of date - they are on a central system and can be revoked or whatever the correct term is if there are subsequent offences or even concerns.
I was babysitting at 15 for a fiver per night and thought it was brilliant.
I pay £20 per night these days to the girl next door, you don't need a nanny to babysit just somebody who can use a phone in an emergency
Some of the babysitters provided by this agency may be earning something similar in the day as a ta or nursery worker, they are qualified child care professionals.
mrs c - place an ad on netmums under childcare board asking for a babysitter/any local nannies/cm about
or have a look on the site and message those that advertise to see if they would do babysitting
God Tanith - cooking supper etc is so out of order. The reason I used them initially is because I live rurally so its very hard to find babysitters and have no family nearby.
Can you feedback to sitters re. unreasonable people?
When working for Sitters, I've had to cook tea, bath and get the children to bed. I've had to deal with power cuts and terrified children, teething babies, kids who can't/won't sleep, vomiting bugs, undisclosed special needs (autism, ADHD), sleepover parties, defiant and rude kids, unfriendly dogs. Then there's the parents: late, rude, quibbling over payment, insisting I don't use their courtyard so I had to walk through woodland in the pitch dark. The pay in no way covers all this. I'd rather be putting my own kids to bed than having abuse screamed at me by a spoiled child who thinks I'm her servant.
Not all of them, I'll grant you. Some do have their delightful kids ready for bed and they're beautifully behaved.
Some of the parents are lovely. They became regular bookings.
The point is, you never know unless you've sat for the family before, and even then the unexpected can happen.
Sitters couldn't give a damn about the people working for them. They don't check out their clients at all. They refuse to introduce basic safety checks and try to prevent us from taking safety precautions ourselves. If we have to cancel, it goes on our record and affects future bookings offered; if the client cancels, tough.
I don't work for them any more. Less hassle, more payment and no membership fee for the client to pay, too.
That being my point, it's all relative. If you always round up and are home relatively early and your kids never wake but thats you not everyone. My daughter wants some babysitting work she's 15 with lots of experience with children and I said £5 was reasonable.
Oh and 11.30 is the latest I'm ever back as you know have my own small children to get up with.
If I was out until 2am I can see it would be reasonable to pay more
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