How much to charge for babysitting?

Shelly - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi I'm a sahm I''ve decided to babysit for other children at my home. I am wondering how much to charge per child. I have no clue what the going rates are these days or how they are figured. Thanks for the feed back :-)

Shelly

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Well, make sure you stay withing the max number of children in your home without having to have a lisence. For a family to have a private nanny in their home will pay $12/hr and up. But when you are going to have other children in your home where your attention will be devided between their kids and yours you can't charge as much.



According to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), home daycare averages $474 a month for preschoolers and $525 a month for infants and toddlers — or about $5,689 to $6,301 per year (less in rural areas, more in big cities). ~ I got this from http://www.babycenter.com/0_home-daycare...



I am a personally nanny and I make within this range per week, so I think this would be a good place to star. Hope that helps!

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Chelsea - posted on 08/31/2009

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I worked at a daycare for 3 1/2 years and I am now a stay at mom, I was recently asked to watch a little girl full time in my home, I was really excited about it. I told them I would charge $20 a day for 5 days, so $100 a week. They thought it was too much and backed out of the deal. You have to know excatly how much they can afford to pay you and you want to be lower then any daycare or mothers day out program. Just call around different places where you live and get some prices and ask the parents what they feel comfrontable with. You also have to consider the age group of the children, the youger the children the more you charge, because there is more to do with them. I hope I was some kinds of help for you.

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I am not sure where you live or what your laws are in your area, but I know in Minnesota we can only provide care for one family that is unrelated. So first I would check on that.



I know around where I am at (which is a rural area) the going rate is $2.50 per child per hour. It's hard too because people assume that if you aren't licensed that there must be something wrong; like licensed daycares are so much safer. Good luck to you!

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