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New to having someone look after my baby and I have some questions
eenybeeny · 13/03/2007 12:42
Hi there I have a 7 month old DS. I just hired a babysitter to look after him a few hours a week while I work and get some bits & pieces done.
Question: What is the difference between a babysitter and a nanny?
This LOVELY girl I have found is studying to be a peadiatrician and wants to work with children.
Also: My baby is... tempermental, to say the least. He is LOVELY but definitely responds best to me and his Dad isnt so great with other people. Any ideas on how I can help ease this transition?
I am paying her £6 an hour, how does that compare?
Thanks for your thoughts
eenybeeny · 13/03/2007 13:01
She advertised in my local post office as wanting work & I called her. She is really really great. I just want Alex to go easy on her, you know?
Nally £6 is good - I'm glad. It might be too much I dont know but some days she works late hours for me while I am at work (I work at a pub) so I wanted to make it worth her while plus I have no idea how much to pay so I just guessed.
Eleusis · 13/03/2007 13:09
How many hours a week are you talking about? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but are you sure she isn't your nanny?
If it's a few hours hear and there, I probably wouldn't worry too much about it. But if it is say three regular mornings a week, you may find the IR knocking on your door one day to have a chate about tax evasion?
nally · 13/03/2007 13:10
Childminders go through the health checks and crb checks and Ofsted are the regulatory body, so there are regular inspections etc (which obviously does not count if babysitting in someone's home). Childminders have to have up-to-date first aid certificates and must have certain qualifications.
marymoocow · 13/03/2007 13:13
so if you did it in the parents house you wouldn't have to class yourself as a childminder then and go through all the checks even though you are doing exactly the same things then? Or am i simplifying things too much. Sorry being a bit thick today. Just one of those things i've always wondered about really
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