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I have been asked to babysit 3 children (7, 5 and 2.5) for 8 days sleeping over (24/7) for a friend of mine, while she and her hubby go on vacation to Jamaica. What would I charge? I have stayed in the past for a week but not 24/7 all of the days and was given $500.00. Also I am missing out working those days (I substitute teach) and will miss out of $500.00 subbing. (I get called every day).

Do I add up all the hours I with the kids (subtracting the times the older ones are in school and the younger one is in daycare - just a few days) and charge them 7.00 an hour till 9 pm when the kids go to bed? What are your thoughts?

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Asked by vbgirls3 at 3:26 PM on Apr. 17, 2013 in Money & Work

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  • i would just charge what I would be making while working. $500 sounds good for 8 days and 3 kids.

    Answer by lsa0919 at 3:29 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • Charge them, $1500.00. $500 for food. $500 for missing work. $500. For your fee to watch them.

    Answer by louise2 at 3:30 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • 750?

    I mean 3 kids for 8 days is a long time and you will be missing out on 500 that you could be making if you didn't do a day?


    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 3:32 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • that should be 750-800

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 3:33 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • $1500.00 seems a little too high. I will be cooking, cleaning, bathing etc. I am thinking $800.00 sounds good. I will cook two meals probably (one for my family) and one for the kids. I don't need to charge them while the kids are sleeping and I am reading/sleeping.

    Comment by vbgirls3 (original poster) at 3:41 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • I would charge at least $800 since you are watching them 24/7 and dealing with cooking, cleaning up after them and dealing with school things. That is only $100/day.

    Answer by kmath at 3:41 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • I wouldnt waste my time, because you are pretty much feeding them and watching them for free.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 3:44 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • Even asleep you are responsible for them 24 hours a day. Do you have a daycare license ? In most states you have to be licensed to watch kids that long.   What happened if they get hurt?  Do the parent have a plan for that.


    Answer by louise2 at 3:50 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • 16 hours a day,8 days,$10 an hour
    160 a day times 8 days =$1280.00

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 3:52 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • Where do they go (the older ones when the parents are home) Is the 2 1/2 year old go to daycare etc? I would say $1.000 if it is 24/7, but if the parents work couldn't you just take them where they go during the day and still subsitute?

    Answer by jerseydiva at 6:05 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

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