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How much do you pay your babysitter?
ssd · 27/02/2005 19:29
Following on from the last thread, I was wondering how much you all pay your babysitters and what area you are in?
We're hardly ever out, but I guess the £2 an hour I got as a teenager to babysit might have gone up a bit?
soapbox · 27/02/2005 19:38
£6 per hour but we use our nanny so its overtime rate, or another woman who is in her 30s so can't get away with the teenager rates.
As far as I can work out round here (SE london/kent borders) teenage sitters get around £4 per hour.
TBH I'm happy to pay more for the peace of mind that the babysitters are suitable qualified to deal with any emergencies - both are police checked and have current first aid certificates.
roisin · 27/02/2005 19:44
It does depend what you're asking them to do though. When we have babysitter now ds2 is asleep in bed and never stirs, ds1 is in bed reading and needs encouraging to switch his light off at a reasonable hour.
But basically the babysitter gets a night of peace and quiet away from her three brothers, with free rein on the TV, PC, DVD/Video/CD player and anything she can find in the kitchen. We usually pay £10 as long as we are not late back, and she's very happy with that.
If I was expecting someone to entertain the kids more, feed them, read them stories and put them to bed, I would expect to pay more.
SenoraPostrophe · 27/02/2005 19:54
My babysitter asked around and discovered that the going rate is 7E per hour for evenings, 6E per hour in the day. But since mine are always asleep she only ever charges me 5E per hour and we usually have a silly argument over whether or not i pay for the extra half hour (I usually don't have enough change anyway so she usually wins). Bless her.
kama · 08/04/2005 19:55
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