I am doing no babysitting at all this week. Is it just the time of year do you think, or is this a trend that I'm going to see for a while? Am I the only one finding that there is little babysitting work around?
I've dropped my price... not sure it will make a difference though - can but try.
I have only my personal experience to go on but we have not used a babysitter for several months partly because we have been away for four weeks over school holidays and also because there were so many school-related events, birthday parties etc in the weeks leading up to the holidays. However, we are also definitely going out less because economies have to be made somewhere and I don't feel particularly deprived by not going to the cinema if the upshot is not spending approximately 20 pounds on babysitting in addition to the tickets.
well, i work with sitters and also advertise on my own, but i'm getting 1 text every forghtnight if i'm lucky ad then its usually for that evening, so by the time you text back its gone and advertising personally hasnt got me any work at all now, the last time i had an enquiry about babysitting was 8 weeks ago
I know you're in Lightwater - is Cobham too far for you to travel to for babysitting? If its not, let me know since have struggled to find decent babysitting in the area and would love to enjoy more evenings out, even if its just to the cinema.
I have to admit I had to find someone to take over a job I was doing every wed as I had to start night nannying has been booked since 12wk scan!! so way before started doing every wed for a family and they were well aware of this - they want me to start babysitting again asap and only see the other person as a stop gap i think.
I have so many families who book ad-hoc from where I did proxy parent work or night nanny work for them in the past.
I am taking annual leave from work on friday to nanny for a family i night nannied for 18mths ago as the little one is having surgery today and wont be able to attend nursery for 2wks but is fit enough to leave hospital after 24hrs and parents had something pre-booked fri for a long long time and she will be well - plus as a childrens nurse think should anything major crop up I will be best placed to deal with it!
It's always tricky knowing how far is practical to travel for babysitting for a few hours. I currently feel that up to 15 miles/30mins travel is reasonable. Places like Reading while being in mileage, are not in travel time. Travel today was a nightmare and I was just going between Windsor Great Park and Lyne (near Chertsey). The M25 had issues apparently and it had a large knock-on effect to all the local minor roads.
Out of interest, how far / how long travel time do all you babysitters out there consider to be reasonable for babysitting for say 3 hours?