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Could anyone with kids tell me what the going rate for babysitting is these days? It might be ideal for me as I'm CRB-checked and stuff, I just remember as a teenager spending seven hours waiting for some brat's parents to come home and all for a fiver!
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The two times I have been out this year and I had to use a babysitter I paid between £4 - £5 an hour. No idea whether this is right. Hence....I don't go out often!
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Isn't £4 under min wage?
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Most babysitters are younger than minimum wage eligibility though
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Could anyone with kids tell me what the going rate for babysitting is these days? It might be ideal for me as I'm CRB-checked and stuff, I just remember as a teenager spending seven hours waiting for some brat's parents to come home and all for a fiver!
22 and still do it for exactly that much And I'm CRB checked too!

10 for a full day as in 9-3 (it used to be that much for a full day for 4 kids too :rolleyes and fiver for 6-10 on a night.

I know I'm being taken for a mug but I love the kids, I've grown up looking after them.
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I pay 15 a night to my babysitter - but she is my sister. Surprised by people thinking thats expensive though. She stays all night so we could crawl back in early hours if we wanted! We usually home by 11pm!
I remember babysitting in my teens for about 10. As we are very rural where i grow up and live now i used to sleep on the sofa and get taken home next day.
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I would love to get some baby sitting work, I tried putting up notices in local shops last Christmas time and never heard a thing, anyone got any tips for go places to put up notices?
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Tabby Kitten, just be persistent with the notices in shops etc. If you can get references and have a CRB check put that on the ad as it's important to a lot of parents and will make them more likely to contact you. I do lots of babysitting and now it's mainly via word of mouth as parents tell other familiesn if they know a reliable babysitter.
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Sorry forgot to say that I have recently increased my hourly rate to 5.00 if it's in my town, or 7.00 if it's a town say 20 mins drive away (extra petrol). I have a childcare qualification and CRB check.
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Could anyone with kids tell me what the going rate for babysitting is these days? It might be ideal for me as I'm CRB-checked and stuff, I just remember as a teenager spending seven hours waiting for some brat's parents to come home and all for a fiver!
You weren't the only one...:rolleyes: Except I had 5 to look after and the parents came home at 2am...all for 5 and left to walk home alone. And that was only(!) 20 years ago.
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I paid my first babysitter last week - 15 for 3 hours watching tv and using my laptop lol. She was a friend's daughter and a lovely girl so I was happy knowing my DS was in good hands. He's nine, so not a lot for her to do, other than be there in case he woke up. I usually use family or friends (for free!) and was gutted to have to pay someone but as its so rare its not so bad!

I've actually been thinking of babysitting myself on the night my DS is with his Dad to raise some extra money!
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I do babysitting & charge 6 an hr but I am CRB checked, qualified NNEB with experience & references...trying to get more but you have got to be carefull as there are some weirdos out there so PLEASE be carefuly pepys...trust your gut reaction would be my advice. HTH!
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what do people do with regard to charging for part hours? i.e if you are there from 7.00 to 11.20 and charging 5 per hour do you just charge for 4 hours or do you start splitting it down into 1.25 per quarter of an hour?
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I get between £7 - 10 an hour to babysit and always more after midnight. I just registed with an agency and some come through word of mouth.

If you are a babysitter it helps if you drive, have CRB and experience. Also don't forget about NYE christmas eve etc. I did these nights last year and managed to get £50 for Christmas eve and £100 for NYE.
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I get between 7 - 10 an hour to babysit and always more after midnight. I just registed with an agency and some come through word of mouth.

If you are a babysitter it helps if you drive, have CRB and experience. Also don't forget about NYE christmas eve etc. I did these nights last year and managed to get 50 for Christmas eve and 100 for NYE. It was great cos I went to sleep as soon as they had gone out, woke up at about half one did my hair any make up and went out to join the party as soon as they got back
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I once phoned home to check that everything was OK with a new babysitter; no-one answered the phone! So I left my evening out and came home to find the sitter asleep on the couch. Hadn't heard the phone ring, hadn't heard me open the door - how would she have heard my kids?

I don't pay a babysitter to sleep on duty. Watch my TV, use the internet is fine, but I expect them to stay awake to listen out for the kids.
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I babysit quite regularly and I tend to be paid between £5-£6 an hour. The families I look after also tend to ensure there is something in the house for me to eat (especially if its an early start and no time for dinner) I also always have a cab or lift home (paid for by the family) to ensure that I can get home after a late night. The way I get jobs is through word of mouth, my friends and family and workmates know I babysit and I have asked them to recommend me to people.
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It's fine getting CRB or Disclosure Scotland Checks But just remember you need to be registered first of all with the relevant bodies - CSCI Commission for Social Care Inspection or SCRC Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (Care Commission) if you don't they you will be operating illegally and could be prosecuted!!!
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I once phoned home to check that everything was OK with a new babysitter; no-one answered the phone! So I left my evening out and came home to find the sitter asleep on the couch. Hadn't heard the phone ring, hadn't heard me open the door - how would she have heard my kids?

I don't pay a babysitter to sleep on duty. Watch my TV, use the internet is fine, but I expect them to stay awake to listen out for the kids.
Fair point and i think if I actually would have got my pjs on and gone into a deep sleep then fair enough. I am a light sleeper and was in the same room as the kids so all was well. Its a bit shocking that she didnt hear the phone or door though! Hope all was well?
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I've babysat for years now through an agency and get near 6 per hour for a min of 4 hours a night I do already work in childcare with a crb check and qualification (plus my own kids!) plenty of experience, This can be quite regular income, if I accepted all bookings I could be out most nights, but I tend to just do my favorite families now !! Most families tend to pay out more than the 6 per hour and leave nibbles and drinks out as well. A good little earner to top up income.

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