you can register with your local nanny agencies - frre for you to do this - though most wouldnt send you out on any jobs till you have been crb checked - price ranging from £36 to £45 depending on which agency does it and again most would require an up to date first aid
Agencies won't pay that high a rate. You can get a higher hourly rate by finding the work yourself - but you then have all the costs of advertising, so pro's and cons.
Agencies will have quite a strict policy regarding who they will take on, so dig out all your references/other paperwork from your nanny positions. They will also want to speak with at least 2 families you have worked for I would expect.
If going about things yourself - then advert in newsagents window, diy-leaflets through doors, looking on websites for parents ads and placing your own.
I babysit and new clients come via either: Google Search (finding my website), seeing my car (it's a mobile advert!), or word-of-mouth.
Gumtree or Nannyjob (http://www.nannyjob.co.uk) also have a babysitting section. I have used both - I do require to meet someone and have references - if that is not unreasonable - but then have just a couple that we have on a regular (adhoc) basis.
I used www.findasitter.co.uk to find my babysitter. I think its free to register as a sitter and then you can write a bit about yourself, state how much you charge, whether you have criminal record check etc. They're not exactly an agency because they don't take responsibility for the sitters, its up to parents to interview and check out references etc. HTH
agree sallysparkle a good website I have had work through there and from www.findababysitter.com and on one of them cant remember which when you have sat for families they can go on there and leave feedback, I have a 5 star rating!!!
I charge £6 for evening babysitting and haven't had that many takers. Am I too cheap (I currently work as a nanny)? Also what do you all charge for overnight work as I've had a few enquiries but the parents have said it's too expensive!
surreylady - I feel meeting people first is vital. As a babysitter myself, I always meet families prior to babysitting and state that on my website. However I sometimes get contacted by parents who just want someone to babysit, don't want to go through any form of meeting prior. I refuse those kinds of bookings.
Navy - overnight can vary. I rarely do it these days, but when I do, it is typically £100 for 7pm-7am.
In my area, £10 per hour is achievable for evening babysitting, but while some parents will be prepared to pay that, others will not. You can try varying price and seeing what happens. You will know your local market best... are there families locally who will pay more, or is there only demand if cost is low?
imananny - I do like working for them actually, what you didn't mention is that you are guarnteed 4 hours paid work with sitters. I have done loads of jobs and been there for less than 4 hours and been paid for 4. Therefore the minimum you get is £22 a night.
Plus the people that use them in my area are all loaded, so lots of big tips
1. You get offered lots of mid-week jobs, not just weekeends. I could work 5 nights a week if I wanted.
2. It feels safe going to people's house's when they are registered through an agency. I would feel very uncomfortable going to some random family, who have found my details on the internet or whereever.