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Mary - posted on 06/09/2015 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Hello! I will be babysitting my 12 month old niece and need to know an appropriate amount to charge my sister in law & brother in law
I am currently a stay at home mom myself to a 16 month old and My husband works two jobs to support us.
Now i know daycare is expensive and I am not looking to charge the same amount as daycare because this is family. However I need to help provide.
So... My question is : What is a fair amount to charge weekly?

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Tilly - posted on 06/09/2015

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Hi, I hope my answer would help you.
First of all, if you unsure about how to approach them for baby sitting fee this is what I would do:
You tell your brother/sister in law that you love having your niece around and looking after her but it's a huge responsibility to take this on full time. Tell them that by leaving their daughter with you they can be assured that she is left in safe hands. Tell them that because they are family you are going to be reasonablewith your fee. I am not sure if you are from UK or US but in UK I would charge them about 30-50% of our national hourly minimum wage i.e: £6.50, so between £1.95-£3.25 an hour. So if you were to look after your niece the whole day for example from 8-6pm. It will be between £19.50-£32.50. I think this is the fair and reasonable amount.
I hope this helps.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/10/2015

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That is fantastic that they trust you so much. If they agree to 190$ per week, I think you should go for it. Good luck

Mary - posted on 06/10/2015

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A price will be discussed, they are willing to pay- I just wanted some suggestions with pricing. I was thinking 190$ a week which is extremely cheap compared to other places

Mary - posted on 06/10/2015

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I'm currently a stay at home mother to a 16 month old. I will be teaching both my son and my niece. I mean we wouldn't be sitting around watching tv all day. We'd work on their cognitive skills, read, learn the alphabet, learn to count and of course play with developmental toys. I will also be taking them out. I was going to go back to college and I'm pushing that off in order to commit for the next four years. I need to be compensated for my time. They both have professional careers. They want me to watch her because they know that I love her, I'm good with her and they trust me.

Tilly - posted on 06/10/2015

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Okay, I looked it up, the minimum hourly wage for US is $7.50...so I think you could charge them 30-50% of that ~ $2.25 to $3.75p/h. That would be reasonable because both of your niece's parents are working, which means that they get the minimum ($7.50x2) $15 an hour..
Therefore: $2.25 x40=$90 (30%)
$3.75 x40=$150(50%)
I.e: you could charge them between $90-$150
I think that's the rate that all parties are happy to pay.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/10/2015

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My thing is I don't charge family (didn't when they were babysitting age...)...Just reciprocated. But for 40 hours/week? 8-10/hour is absolutely not unreasonable, especially since one is providing meals.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/10/2015

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I disagree, especially for family. More so since it is not a facility that teaches. This is a family member, in their own home. If a family member was going to charge me that much, I would just look elsewhere.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/10/2015

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and $80/day is more than reasonable compared to regular daycare rates

Ultimately, charge what you feel comfortable charging.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/10/2015

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In the US, that is hourly for a baby sitter for a night. But as a day care, or a regular provider, it is usually a charge per day.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/10/2015

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Going rate here is $10/hour per kid for a certified babysitter over the age of 14...which would be about $80/day, still far more reasonable than most daycares.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/10/2015

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That really breaks down to 30$ per day, 5$ an hour. That is cheap. But 30$ daily sounds reasonable.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/10/2015

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That is a lot. I would say 150 per week? I guess it really depends. Why are they having you watch the baby instead of daycare? Money is tight? Or they would prefer family? Have you all discussed money? Do they assume it is for free? What has been discussed?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/10/2015

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I suppose it depends on how many hours per day, and how many days per week?

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