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Babysitting rates....

Will be taking care of three girls this summer, their mom works part time.
Would you do hourly rate or a flat fee?
Girls ages are 9, 6 and 1. The 6 year old is a handful to say the least, but the other two are fairly laid back.
What would be the "going" rate? Thanks!

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:23 PM on May. 3, 2013 in Money & Work

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  • beware of flat fees- I babysat for a woman who would always pick the kids up late *even though I had them like 10/11 hours) or she would call and ask if it was ok to go out for a drink with co-workers before coming to get them and such.
    I charged her a flat rate every week

    live and learn I guess
    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 1:26 PM on May. 3, 2013

  • @charlotsometimes....what was your flat rate per week?
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 1:49 PM on May. 3, 2013

  • If I were looking for a sitter on a regular basis, I would expect to pay a flat weekly rate instead of an hourly rate - but the flat rate I paid would cover set hours, any additional hours would be paid at an hourly rate.
    The amount would be somewhat dependent on the hours though. I would expect to pay a higher flat rate for someone to watch my kids 35 hours/week as opposed to 15 hours/week.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 2:03 PM on May. 3, 2013

  • Are you feeding them meals or snacks?
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 2:48 PM on May. 3, 2013

  • Yes, the mom does 6 to 8 hour shifts, so one meal at least would be made for them while they are here, as well as snacks, once or twice.
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 2:53 PM on May. 3, 2013

  • Idk. I wouldn't do it for anything less than $10 per hour and I would consider that a deal. Sitters around here through a service go for $14.50 per hour for two kids. And they don't provide meals.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 2:56 PM on May. 3, 2013

  • I was CHEAP...and stupid.
    I charged her 120 for a 5 yr old and a 2 yr old. The 2 yr old was awesome, the 5 yr old...NOT so much! I had them 5 days a week. They cam at 7:30 and she was supposed to pick them up around 6 or 6:30. *the 5 yr old did go to kindergarten and I had to get her from the bus every day. I also provided their food.

    I charged the neighbor 20 a week to have her son every morning before school for an hour or two

    can't remember what I charged for the baby...20 a day? I'd have her about 3-4 hours or so if I remember right

    this was about 10 yrs ago. NEVER again!
    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 3:00 PM on May. 3, 2013

  • Look at Craigslist for your area to get an idea of rates. Last time I looked it was between 90-125/week/child in my area for full time, but also a discount for multiple children. Long term sitters rarely charge an hourly rate.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 4:43 PM on May. 3, 2013

  • You can also look at care.com for rates in your area. Use the pulldown to see what providers charge and/or what people pay. GL
    silverthreads

    Answer by silverthreads at 7:09 PM on May. 3, 2013

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