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How much should I expect to pay my childminder?

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georgie34 · 01/09/2007 20:51

Does anyone know how much I should expect to pay a childminder? The only one I have contacted from the council's list charges £10 an hour or £65 for a full day per child. This seemed so expensive that I'm now too scared to ring any of the others on the list up and ask (although she's in the next street so it's convenient.) DD will be 2 and DS 5 - ideally I'd want the CM to do the drop off and pick up from his primary school about a mile away. (We live in Twickenham.)

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rosiogs · 01/09/2007 20:53

I only pay £3 an hour. That is quiet cheap for the area I livei in, but the most expensive is about £4 an hour.


chankins · 01/09/2007 20:55

Sounds pricey to me - me and my group charge from £3.50 to £4.oo an hour per child, and often make discounts for siblings. Ring the others to check - also its advisable to meet at least 3 even if its just to compare, every CM is very different to the next. Best of luck finding one you are all happy with


nell12 · 01/09/2007 20:56

We pay approx £4 an hour... She goes 4 days a week and we pay £120

£10 an hour seems a huge amount to pay


georgie34 · 01/09/2007 21:03

Thanks very much - and for the advice chankins, esp on sibling discount - hadn't even thought of that!

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kidsrus · 01/09/2007 21:13

go to you council website and some childminders disclose what they charge on there


Shoshable · 01/09/2007 21:19

Are you looking on most put their prices on there as well as well as their hours and which schools they ck up from.

But it is likely that for the hours that you want for both children it may well be £10.00 per hour (£5.00 each child) in London dropping to £5.00ph for your DD in th hours DS is t school.

Out of London it is generally cheaper, I charge 3.25ph.


xyzabc · 01/09/2007 21:25

most c/m in my area are charging around £4.50 per hour and i live in kingston so not 2 far from u. i think £10 is v.expensive, ring other c/m as maybe you just hit on the most expensive 1st time. could be shes the only one with vacancy due to price. c/m in my area always fully booked, as reasonably priced. i personally wouldnt pay more than around 5.50 per hour. good luck. x


georgie34 · 01/09/2007 22:04

Thanks everyone - really useful! V useful to know Kingston prices too. I couldn't work out how anyone could possibly afford it with more than one child...!

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sheepgirl · 04/09/2007 22:51

I was actually surprised at the difference in charges by CMs in my area (NW7). Some charge £4 and others £5.


MrsWeasley · 04/09/2007 22:53

£10 an hour ?????????? I'm moving to Twickenham


Peeknees · 07/09/2007 23:15

I am looking for an after-school nanny for my 5 year old to pick up from NW3 and bring home to NW7. They must have their own car. Have tried advertising on gumtree (where I got the last nanny from who was amazing) but no decent responses. Has anyone got any other ideas of where I could try? Thank you


1dilemma · 08/09/2007 02:22

lol MrsW when you do the house search you'll see why 10 pounds an hour will leave you with little more than a cardboard box!!


alibubbles · 08/09/2007 07:04

I charge a minimum fee for afternoon pick up of £15, (and that is as a favour as I have had them since little) I pick up 2 girls at 3pm and drop home at 4, but the school is 8 miles away and I have to leave at 2.30.

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