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NYE babysitting - How many £/h to ask for?

(25 Posts)
NorahC Wed 14-Dec-16 18:28:55

Hello everyone,

I'm thinking about advertising my (admittedly last minute) babysitting services for NYE, as I'm not a huge fan of NYE parties anyway, so wouldn't feel like I'm missing out.

I've never babysat for NYE before: how much would you ask for/pay in London? Really no clue! I have 3 years experience as a nanny and 2.5 as an au pair before that.


AndShesGone Wed 14-Dec-16 18:41:23

I paid £120 for 6pm-1am about 4 years ago just outside London. She was a dbs checked church group leader.

NorahC Wed 14-Dec-16 18:50:31

Thanks for the answer!!

Doglikeafox Wed 14-Dec-16 19:24:50

I'm an Ofsted Registered childminder and am charging £12 per hour until midnight and £15 after that for babysitting on NYE.
I wish I had charged a flat rate for the evening though because the lady only wants me for 5-6 hours X

Hels20 Wed 14-Dec-16 20:04:13

Norah - I paid £20 an hour a couple of years ago in Zone 2 London. My friend and I split the cost. It was quite last minute but we were desperate to go out. So it cost us £120 plus an uber home.

yoowhoo Wed 14-Dec-16 21:10:23

I'd go minimum £15 per hour. That's not in London either.

mellicauli Wed 14-Dec-16 21:10:51


RentANDBills Thu 15-Dec-16 12:47:31

I'm registered with a babysitting agency and they have said £18-£25 an hour for NYE. I'm based in Chelsea/Fulham.

NorahC Thu 15-Dec-16 18:39:14

Thanks for the answers everyone, very useful! X

YelloDraw Fri 16-Dec-16 11:37:41

Make sure they add on the cost of a taxi home and it's sorted out in advance so you aren't left waiting for ages.

Confused0987 Fri 16-Dec-16 11:45:26

I did it last year and got £250 for 7-2 and taxi home. 3 kids, 1 of them only 7 weeks and very unsettled.

Dancergirl Fri 16-Dec-16 14:19:53

I would say if you're not a fan of NYE anyway, charge a fair amount without cashing in. You'll be very popular if you charge say £10/hour rather than something ridiculous. If it's just another day to you what difference does it make?

ohtheholidays Fri 16-Dec-16 14:40:11

Were not far from London and honestly I'd expect to pay around £25-£30 an hour for a babysitter on NYE and I'd expect to leave nice food for you to have and I'd cover the cost of you getting to me and home.

Make sure you say how many children that is for though Norah you don't want to turn up expecting to look after 2 children to find that you end up looking after 6 because the parents have chipped in with another 2 families.

Gwenhwyfar Fri 16-Dec-16 18:24:17

"I would say if you're not a fan of NYE anyway, charge a fair amount without cashing in. You'll be very popular if you charge say £10/hour rather than something ridiculous. If it's just another day to you what difference does it make?"

Um, why? It's not just another day for other people so charge as much as you can!

emmaluvseeyore Fri 16-Dec-16 19:15:52

I'm in Surrey and got paid £15 per hour last year, but I think they added extra on as a thank you. 4 kids inc one with SEN and one dog.

MiddlingMum Sat 17-Dec-16 14:43:00

Not London, but the family I used to babysit for many decades ago paid triple for NYE. No travel costs as they were neighbours, but they did leave nice food for me.

I've heard in a Christmas card that one of the children in that family has just become a grandmother. That makes me feel old grin

EvenTheWind Sun 18-Dec-16 12:52:06

Where in the country are you? What is your normal hourly rate?

£10 is what we pay normally per hour.

Why not look up sitters and see what they are charging, if you can access this?

AllotmentyPlenty Sun 18-Dec-16 19:32:58

Sitters suggests £14 per hour for NYE.

YelloDraw Mon 19-Dec-16 11:22:03

If it's just another day to you what difference does it make?

Um, supply, demand, market forces...? Babysitters get a chance to make good money on NYE. Good for them. If NYE isn't a 'special day' to you feel free to not go out :-)

Dancergirl Mon 19-Dec-16 11:31:13

That's true yello but imagine how popular you would be if you charged less than everyone else? It might result in more future work.

QuimReaper Mon 19-Dec-16 11:42:49

Dancer bit of a weird way of looking at it, even if the OP is flooded with offers she can only accept one of them!

DeepAndCrispAndEvenTheWind Mon 19-Dec-16 12:00:12

Agree with Quim (fantastic username!)

Rooster44 Mon 19-Dec-16 13:03:45

£20p/h without hesitation - £10p/h is far too low for NYE imo

Hellochicken Mon 19-Dec-16 14:06:17

£15/hr minimum but maybe £20 esp if multiple children/not a very long night
And transport home

NotCitrus Mon 19-Dec-16 14:45:15

If you can walk/bus home, then make that clear. £15/hour plus snacks would be a bargain, £20 justifiable especially with multiple/non-sleeping kids.

We find it easier to invite everyone to ours (about 30 adults and extra 5 or so kids) rather than find a babysitter for 3!

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