What factors should you consider when deciding what to pay your babysitter? We’ve put together this list for you to consider:
- The babysitter – the fifteen year old kid next door is going to be at a different pay rate from the twenty year oldECE student. Age, experience and qualifications of your future sitter are all factors in deciding a rate.
- Age – Some teenagers are very responsible and some adults are not but, on the whole, you should expect to pay a higher rate for an adult who is minding children as a source of income. Rates aside, the age of your babysitter might be a factor if you need them, for example, to care for a newborn. Someone with more qualifications or experience might be a better fit in that case.
- Qualifications – Does your sitter have a certificate in Early Childhood Education or a babysitting course from the local community centre? Consider what you need / want in a sitter because the more qualified they are, the higher rate you should expect to pay.
- Experience – If you are looking for a babysitter with more experience than babysitting little brothers and sisters or if you are looking for someone with specific experience (dealing with medical issues / special needs children, for example), you should be prepared to pay more for these qualifications.
- Your kids –
- Special care – do your kids need special care? Administration of medicine, special needs, autism or a disability? The rate of pay should reflect the extra care and qualifications that your sitter will need to provide.
- Number of kids – do you have one kid or six? A sitter’s pay should reflect the number of children in their care, as well as the relative ages of those kids. Two school aged children have a different set of care requirements from a newborn and toddler combination. Basically, younger children = higher pay. More kids = higher pay.
- The job –
- Tasks OTHER than child care – do you need to babysitter to do something other than play with / mind and care for the kids? Cleaning, for example? Or meal preparation? Each ‘additional’ task should factor into the rate being set.
- Hours – the odd evening out or every day throughout the summer? Whether you need a babysitter on an occasional basis or consistently, the number of hours and time of day as well as consistency of work should factor in to the rate. Typically, evening, weekend and occasional work are at a higher rate of pay than consistent / daytime work.
- Your location – if the sitter has to drive a fair distance to get to your home, you might want to consider a premium for transportation.
Once you and your babysitter have agreed to a rate, review it every 6 months or so to make sure that all of the factors above are still more or less the same. If your sitter has acquired more qualifications or you have had more kids or added to the list of tasks, you might want to revisit the rate. Ultimately, you want your kids to be cared for by someone who is happy to do the job and part of that comes from being paid appropriately for the skills that they bring to the role. If they are spending a lot of time with your kids, the babysitter is having a direct impact on their growth and happiness, so it’s important to keep communication lines open!
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