- Family Fever: Not that we ever go out, but friends do, and they tend to pay between £10-20 for the evening, depending on how late they are out. I would definitely pay more for a qualified professional. I would want a babysitter to be 18+. I personally think you need to be an adult to look after someone else’s children. If there was an emergency situation, would a younger teenager know what to do?
- A Cornish Mum: We pay my boyfriend’s nephew to babysit, he’s been babysitting for us since he was 15 and since he’s family it is usually just £10 for the night and a takeaway. With my eldest having Type 1 Diabetes, I don’t trust many people with him, but the nephew has been trained by us and is an absolute gem. We’re in Cornwall and age doesn’t come in to it really, I would only ever trust family with my boys, but that’s purely down to health issues. I babysat from age 13 upwards for other children.
- Tiaras and Welly Boots; I pay teenagers £5 an hour, I started off as a babysitter at age 14 & am happy to pay girls the same age as I was. I pay older peeps £7 to £8 an hour, like nursery staff, but a Nanny charges £10 an hour to babysit in this area of Oxfordshire.
- Hectic Diabectic: The thought of leaving my daughter with a random person terrifies me, lol. I have a few select family members to babysit, My sister is just 18 so I’ll give her £15 and my WiFi & Netflix passwords. But it’s not often I ask, so she’s happy with that. As far as I’m aware there are no evening childminders in my local area.
- Budding Smiles: I’ve paid a friend’s teenager (15) £5p/h a couple of times. I wouldn’t have anyone I didn’t know but I trust the girl who’s looked after Toby. A friend and her two kids (7&9) also babysat once, the kids loved looking after Toby! I’m just outside of Peterborough
- Hello Baby Blog: We only use the girls at the children’s nursery to babysit, as we know them and the kids are comfortable with them putting them to bed etc if needs be. They charge between £8-£10 an hour. We live in Cheshire.
- Blog by Baby: I personally wouldn’t use someone who wasn’t qualified in some capacity and I would expect to pay £5 an hour like my childminder charges…maybe even more for later nights
- Chelsea Mamma: This is a tough one – I use and abuse my teens for this but Abbey does babysit for my friends at a much reduced rate than agencies cost. She is 22 and charges around £5 per hour but often gets more as they give her petrol money too or pay a taxi home.
I trust my 15 year old to babysit too
It would seem that most of us would prefer to have a friend or family member babysit our children wherever possible, however as we know this isn’t always the case as not everyone lives close to their family or maybe estranged from them. The next favourite option is older children if you have teenagers yourself, they may of course not like it but a little extra pocket money is always welcomed and a plus side is they know the children and the routines.
Teenagers are also a popular option and as was the case when I was a teenage babysitter £5 per hour still seems the norm or a set figure for the evening. As a teenager babysitter I would only take on local jobs as there was still the case of getting home again, if it was a little further away I would expect a lift home (I’d never call my Dad to come to get me), it seems this is still the case although many have said they pay for cabs for their babysitters who don’t drive.
Also in-keeping with my previous rates, qualified professionals seem to charge up to £10 per house.
I think that qualified professionals or even those over 18 years of age should definitely be charging at least the minimum wage rate to babysit, it maybe a case of only sitting watching TV however this is not always the case and you are paying for the reassurance of someone knowing what to do in an emergency should the case arise.
A babysitter should be able to keep calm in an emergency and know exactly what to do, administer medication is needed, settle and soothe the children if they are upset or wake, cook for and feed the children if needed (if coming before bedtime), read them their bedtime stories, be in-charge of the house while you are away, wash up if they use any cups/plates etc. and be responsible at all times.
So while you may only pay for a sitter to look after the children and to sit watching TV while you are out, they have the responsibilities you do while they are out and it is this service you pay for as well.
I would much rather pay someone who is qualified, has a CRB check and has first aid training to care for my children so I have the reassurance that they would cope in an emergency and know what to do, and for this service I would expect to pay AT LEAST minimum wage.
Do you use a babysitter? What do you pay them and do you think minimum wage to too high?