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Old 02-20-2008, 02:48 PM
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We will be relocating to the Centreville area later this year and I was just wondering, what is the going rate for babysitters in the area? I know it is based on how old the kids are, how many kids, etc., but just curious in general what people pay and what the expectations are. We have three kids - 4, 4 and almost 3. Also, what are the best ways to find sitters in the area? We live on a military installation now so we have a lot of good, responsible teens (with parents who are close by on the base) in the area who sit. I know that won't necessarily be the case when we move.

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Old 02-21-2008, 07:24 AM
Location: Gainesville, VA
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I have two kids (5 & 4) and we usually pay 10-12/hr.

If you have an HOA, the HOA website might be a good place to look. Otherwise, I would talk to your neighbors and see who they use/trust.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:16 AM
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I've been quoted $10/hr for one child by young adults (i.e., nannies who babysit on weekends and college students). Besides your HOA, I suggest asking moms groups at church or in your community or even neighbors with small children for recommendations.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:35 PM
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my daughter charges $10 for the first hour and $5 for every hour after that. (she's 13) If they are going to be out past midnigt it goes back up to $10. per hour (we made that change after she babysat for a neighbor at 5:30 fixed the kids dinner, cleaned up etc... they said they would be home around 10pm....They got in at 3:30am and gave her $25!)
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:19 PM
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With three small children, you can expect to pay at least $10 an hour for a competent teenage sitter. They are very difficult to find, and many parents will be loathe to share their sitter's name with you.

One great source for sitters is local homeschool groups. Most of these teenagers have loads of experience caring for younger siblings, their dating lives are much more restricted, they are sometimes available during regular school hours, and their parents are usually thrilled that they can earn some pocket money in safe family setting.
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