What is a reasonable price for babysitting?

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What is a reasonable price for babysitting?
Babysitting fees vary from babysitter to babysitter. (pst - baby schläft image by Bettina Drevensek from Fotolia.com)

Babysitters are sought after by all types of parents. Even stay-at-home moms need one from time to time. If you are looking to employ a babysitter or are considering offering babysitting services yourself, you may be confused about what the current going rate is for this type of service. The answer often depends on the individual circumstances surrounding the specific babysitting job.

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Pricing Per Child

Some babysitters set their rates depending on the number of children they'll be watching as well as the actual ages of the children because more children need more work and care. According to BabysittingRates.com, some babysitters set a normal hourly rate, often between £5 and £7 an hour, and charge an additional 60p or £1.30 an hour per extra child. The actual ages of the watched children also may change the overall fee. For example, a four-year-old child can communicate and go to the bathroom by himself while an infant requires feeding and diaper changes. Therefore, infants and babies are often more expensive per hour than older children.

Pricing Per Timing

Many babysitting services base their pricing on the day, timing and length of the babysitting need. For example, some babysitters charge for a minimum of an hour or two hours even if the parents will only be away for 30 minutes. Others charge more for weekend evening hours than they would for weekday services. Many babysitters charge an extra £1.30 per hour for each hour worked past 10 p.m.

Pricing Per Experience

If the babysitting client or parent requires an experienced babysitter, he will often pay more than if he hired a neighbourhood preteen or teenage babysitter because older individuals, or those with more experience, can charge more, according to eBabysitters. For example, if you hire the 13-year-old next door, you likely can pay her around £3 an hour for the same service that the local college nursing student would charge £13 an hour for. More experienced babysitters may have infant CPR certifications as well the ability to drive in an emergency.

Pricing Per Duties

Some babysitters will charge more depending on the actual babysitting duties and responsibilities. For example, if you have a special needs child who needs constant monitoring as well as hourly medications, you'll most likely pay more than you would for a standard sitter job. Other babysitting duties that can make the hourly rate go up include running errands, cleaning, cooking and tutoring.

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