(Closed) What would you pay for child care?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: How much / hour would you pay for childcare?
    $6 : (0 votes)
    $7 : (2 votes)
    3 %
    $8 : (8 votes)
    11 %
    $9 : (4 votes)
    6 %
    $10 : (28 votes)
    39 %
    $11 : (1 votes)
    1 %
    $12 : (9 votes)
    13 %
    $13 : (2 votes)
    3 %
    $14 : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    2400 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’d do $9. It’s close to minimum wage plus charge for mileage.

    Post # 4
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Based on your experience I would probably go $10, but not anymore then that.

    Post # 5
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I voted for $10 because that’s what I charge when I babysit/nanny.

    Post # 7
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Man oh man, I got at least $10/h when I was still in grade school! 14 years ago. These days I could easily get $20/hr + for casual babysitting, even for just one kid who goes to bed an hour or two after I get there. 

    Post # 8
    4436 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We just hired an awesome nanny for our son- $15/hr. She’s highly qualified though and bilingual- we actually hired her mainly to teach our child a second language. She’s also an elemtary school teacher and has a degree, so well-qualified!

    Post # 9
    64 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @AeroLove:  I’m on Long Island and child care is very expensive, you should not take anything lower than 13/hr

    Post # 10
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    IMO anything close to minimum wage for babysitting is offensive and irresponsible.

    I’d say minimum 15 an hour.

    Post # 11
    5544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    It kind of blows my mind how much baby sitters make considering that is well above what an LVN makes and some are suggesting close to entry level RN salary (minimal two years of college). Personally, some teenager to baby sit my kids for the summer isn’t going to make more than $10/hour. You are a former elementry teacher with a summer school plan? Then we are talking more money. 

    Post # 12
    709 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @chasesgirl:  +1


    I’m a lead teacher at a daycare with 3+ years and all of my qualifications and I only make $9.50/hour. 




    Post # 14
    1222 posts
    Bumble bee

    Not really sure what I’d charge, but I just want to make a comment after reading a couple of other responses.

    Call me crazy, but I’m not sure how much I’d really haggle price with someone over babysitting my child. After all, this is someone I am trusting with the safety and wellbeing of the most important person in my life. How can you really put a price on that?

    That being said, I am also a firm believer that teachers and other childcare workers do not get paid anywhere near enough.

    Post # 15
    5001 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I was paid $20/hour to nanny (and tutor but she was 7 so it wasn’t exactly challenging) when I was in college. It definitely depends where you live and what your qualifications are.

    Post # 16
    3571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It entirely depends on what the going rates are in your area. For example, how much would it be to put a kid in the average daycare? I would aim to come in cheaper than that. Also, are you CPR-certified? That would make a difference.

    When I was nannying in DC my price breakdown was:

    -10/hr for infant or multiple sleeping kids

    -12/hr for 2 awake kids

    -15/hr for 3.

    DC is crazy expensive for sitters, so I felt like this was good money for me, but I also am pretty sure I was one of the cheapest around and I think parents thought I was a steal. (I was a 24 year old finishing my MA thesis, and had tons of experience with very small children). I was as busy as I wanted to be with it.

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