I currently look after my niece whilst her parents go to work, i have a 2 year old daughter aswell, i wake up at 7am to watch my niece until around 12pm when she goes to nursery mon-thurs, on a friday she is here until 4pm, she has breakfast and lunch here and i drive her to nursery which is 6 miles away so i drive about 50 miles a week, currently they only give me £100 a month i said this was fine to begin with but now i have realised how much money im paying out on fuel, food, electricity and gas this doesnt even cover it. I was thinking about asking for £200 a month as they get paid £3500 a month combined, how much should i ask for? I dont like to be greedy but i feel like they are laughing behind my back
I would charge around that a week as a childminder and I'm cheap compared to some in my area. You need to at least cover the costs, you are saving them a fortune per month so you shouldn't be out of pocket.
I was doing it because i didnt feel comfortable with a stranger watching her i felt as though because i have spare time why not as long as they cover my costs then thats fine i initially thought £100 a month would be fine but ive now realised that im struggling and its pretty expensive i thought about asking for more but i didnt want to seem rude
No im not a childminder they asked if i could look after her whilst they work and i said it would be ok only until my daughter goes to nursery because i would be returning to work aswell, i initially thought £100 would be fine
Whilst it's lovely that you want to help out, you really need to revisit the conversation about pay as based on the standard 45p a mile and a very conservative 50p a meal, you're actually out of pocket let alone earning for your time.
In your shoes I would go back and explain this and request that they pay for your fuel at the standard rate (or there's no profit here, it's the actual cost of filling & running your car), get them to send a packed lunch & snack if required and then pay you something for the childcare. You should be getting well over £200 and even then they're getting a bargain IMO
I asked last week if they could send over a packed lunch with her but they keep forgetting and i dont want her too go hungry, i'll definitely ask if they could contribute more especially towards petrol and meals