looking after a freinds child

Terina - posted on 05/29/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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i am about to look after a frineds child as she now has a new job and this will be only for about an hour and a half a day from about 3 till half 4 or 5. i will have to pick him up from school but my son goes there and is actually in the same class so theres no special trips etc. how much do you think is reasonable to charge. i dont want to charge her too much as 1 she is a friend and im not a registered/qualified childminder althought i have 2 of my own and 2 if i charge the same amount as a childminder would she may as well take him to a childminder. i was just wondering how much other childminders cahrge and how is reasonable of course i wont chrge too much i also need to make it worth my while etc i dont have to give him dinner either

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Julie - posted on 07/04/2012

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If she is a friend, I would see if she offers you an amount first. I personally would not charge my girlfriend to take her kid for a few hours a day. I might do some sort of trade? Like she take mine boy on a Saturday or something so I could run errands etc. Otherwise, I say, that's what friends are for.

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Dove - posted on 07/04/2012

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And I already answered that portion a month ago when the op first posted. ;)

Julie - posted on 07/04/2012

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@ Dove: if that's how you roll, cool. But, How much is a little cash? I think that is what this gal is trying to determine.

Dove - posted on 07/04/2012

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Julie, I have that same friend 'policy' if the friend is going shopping, running errands, or going on a date, but if the friend is having me watch their kid so that THEY can make money... I want a little cash too.

Chasitidy - posted on 07/02/2012

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You dont have to be registered at all no matter how long you watch the child. You only have to be registered if you are wanting the state to pay you for your time. I would let her make u an offer and go from there.

Terina - posted on 06/02/2012

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just looked into it and you only have to be registered if you look after them for more than 2 hours a day... which i wont be its more likely to be only an hour and half

Terina - posted on 06/02/2012

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im not a registered child minder the lady asked me if i would do her the favor if she paid me . her son is a freind of my sons . she knows im not registered as im not a childminder,thats not my job its basically one freind helping another , she needed a sitter and i needed the extra cash of course i wouldnt charge too much as she is a freind and also i wanted to be cheaper than a registered minder so i could have the job . i dont think m breaking the law , hope not !

Sherri - posted on 06/01/2012

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You don't have to registered in the US Sarah as long as you are under the state requirements for # of children and ages of children in your care.

I have done in home daycare Sarah for the last 12yrs and have never been registered.

Sarah - posted on 06/01/2012

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In the UK you wouldn't be able to charge anything unless you were registered.

Sherri - posted on 06/01/2012

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I would charge $4 an hour. So an hr and a half a day $6 a day x 5 days is $30 a week.

Dove - posted on 06/01/2012

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For a friend's kid AND classmate (possibly friend) of your own child? Maybe $20/week.... up to $30 if it ends up being 2 hours/day.

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