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Unread 03-06-2012, 08:40 AM
 
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Default Babysitting costs?

My 4y/o sons preschool teacher will be babysitting for me. I have not yet talked to her about her rates, (I will) but wanted some thoughts on what is standard.

I have four children but my oldest is 12 going on 13 and she (my daughter) is Red Cross certified to babysit. She's a great babysitter (talking about my daughter) but because it is her brother and he can be difficult with his own siblings I'd rather not leave her in charge in this situation. We'll be gone about 5 hours. The ages of the kids are 4, 7, 10 and 12. They're great kids and get along really well. The youngest is a stinker, though, with his siblings.

Do people charge by the child, by the hour, or both? Believe it or not, I've never used a babysitter that wasn't family. But we don't have any family here. I think it would be reasonable not to be charged for the oldest. If the four year old weren't involved I wouldn't get a sitter at all. But I'm not sure what is reasonable. Any thoughts?
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Unread 03-06-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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Looks like $10 - $40 per hour. If the sitter is your pre-school teacher, then I'd expect the higher end.

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Unread 03-06-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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you have to ask the babysitter as it will depend on what she wants. some pay by the hour and some pay lumpsum, it all depends on the understanding between the 2 of you. You can offer $40 an hours but it's expensive IMO. Maybe $125 for lumpsum i.e. 25 an hour.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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Holy moly that's a lot of money. I'm going to have to start taking in some kids while mine are at school! Thanks for the info.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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That seems very high. Since she is in the child care field, I would just go to her and ask what her rates are, and then go from there. I can't imagine that she would say anything higher than $20 an hour.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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I wonder how much an hour a preschool teacher makes?
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Unread 03-06-2012, 12:04 PM
 
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I didn't mean her day job day care rates. Surely she gets offers to do babysitting on the side, so I'm sure she has a figure that she can quote you. My kids are grown now, but I did the same thing with a day care worker and she charged $4 an hour for side jobs (this was at least ten years ago, so I'm sure rates have gone up).
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Unread 03-06-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Houston area
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I think $20 an hour would be reasonable to pay her for sitting.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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I just talked to her and she charges $15 which is totally reasonable. She has a degree and is CPR certified and really good with the kids.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 02:27 PM
 
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$15 for 4 kids sounds reasonable. maybe 10 for 2
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