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Where to advertise to find a basitter

Posted in Babysitting on 8th May 2011

Where to advertise to find a basitter

Article by Pieter West

Do you need to find a babysitter who can baby-sit for you on a regular basis?  Most parents, even those who consider themselves stay at home parents; will find themselves in need of a babysitter who can care for their children on a regular basis.  Sometimes the parent takes on an out of the home job.  For others it is because a babysitter is needed to spend time and take care of one child so that the parent can take the other child to regular lessons or activities.  Whatever the reason it is usually a lot easier to find babysitters to baby-sit for you on a regular basis than it is to line up several sitters to baby-sit for you once in a while.  Your first option, if you want to find a babysitter to baby-sit for you on a regular basis is to advertise at your local high schools and universities.  Students usually have more flexible schedules and will often work for lower wages than full time babysitters and nannies.  What’s more, a student is usually better able to take on a short term regular gig than a long term regular gig.  It is important, however, that you take steps to protect you and your family when you advertise openly to find babysitter.   Create a temporary e-mail address and use that as your point of contact.  This will help you do an initial screening of applicants without having to give out your personal information.Another option if you want to find a babysitter who can take on a regular babysitting job is to place advertisements online.  Online bulletin boards like Craigslist and Kajiji are full of ads that are posted by parents who are in need of a babysitter.  It is very important that you take steps to protect your family as well as yourself when you post ads online.  As with the ads you posted at the various schools, it is important that you protect your personal information for as long as possible before meeting potential applicants in person or introducing them to your children.  One of your best options if you need to find a babysitter on a regular basis is to work with a nanny placement or a babysitting placement agency.  These agencies typically work with adults who care for children on a full time basis, but it is possible to find a part time babysitter or nanny through them as well.  The biggest bonus to working with an agency is that the agency will usually have thoroughly screened its babysitters and nannies before they allow them to be placed with a family.  Of course, this does not mean that you shouldn’t check out the agency before you commit to working with it.Finding a babysitter for a regular babysitting gig doesn’t have to take a lot of work, it simply takes some time, patience and creativity. Take your time to interview and perform background checks on each potential babysitter and you will find that you can find a babysitter without too much trouble.

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How Much Is a Reasonable Hourly Pay for a Basitter or a Nanny?

Posted in Babysitting on 22nd March 2011

How Much Is a Reasonable Hourly Pay for a Basitter or a Nanny?

Article by Doreen Lee

Considering that a babysitter or nanny is entrusted with the care of the most important person in your life, it’s only understandable that you put much thought into the process of searching for the right person for the job. And while cost highly influences your choice, it shouldn’t be at the top of your priority list for this service because you want to ensure that your children are well cared for even while you’re away. Hourly rates for babysitters or nannies will vary across different types of caregivers. To give you an idea on how much you should shell out for this service, read on.

Nanny hourly rates

Hourly rates for babysitters and nannies will logically vary across different states because the cost is usually influenced by cost of living factors, the area, and the type of services required.

Take note that a nanny and a babysitter are different. The former is somebody who stays with the children and is employed over a longer period. The nanny generally manages the children whether or not the parents are around, but most especially when they are out of the house. She usually comes with significant training in childcare so it’s only logical that she gets paid more. A full-time nanny’s rates can range from 0 to 0 a week. Minimum hourly rate all over the country can range from to .

Reasonable pay for babysitters

A babysitter, on the other hand, is somebody who takes care of the kids when the parents are not around. Her job is not as regular as a nanny’s although parents tend to hire the services of the same sitter frequently. A babysitter will only be required when parents have to leave the house for events where they can’t bring their children with them – e.g. to go out with friends on a Saturday night, or for a meeting that would last late in the evening.

Again, the rates vary among states. In Columbia, Missouri for instance, where cost of living is one of the lowest in the US, the average pay rates for babysitters is .50 per hour for taking care of one child. New York City, one of those with the highest cost of living, charges an average of an hour for babysitting services.

Factors that affect rates

In determining the babysitting rates, you want to consider the following details:

* Amount of childcare – are you going to need the sitter full-time or just on occasions when you need someone to look after your children for a short period? Weekend services may also cost relatively less than weekdays particularly if you’re going to hire students for the job.* Your area – it’s important to note that metropolitan cities have higher babysitting rates compared with the rural areas. Suburbs also have higher rates than the rural areas particularly if they are near major cities. * The number of children – naturally, the pay should be commensurate to how many children the babysitter

Average Basitter Rate – A Guide for Both Parents and Basitters

Posted in Babysitting on 1st February 2011

Average Basitter Rate – A Guide for Both Parents and Basitters

Article by Sheila Huggins

If you want to know how much you will have to pay a babysitter in case you need to hire one, you can always refer to the net. The average babysitter rate is not hard to determine since some have already compiled the available data for you.

For 2009, the estimated average wages of a babysitter is around – per hour. Still, if factors such as the age and experience of the babysitter, the location, the number of children to be cared for and the time of day to be spent are to be considered, the rate can range from up to or even more.

1. Your Location

Naturally you will prefer babysitters who are from the same area where you live. Hence, if you both live in a major city, you basically have the same costs of living expenses. It follows then that the prevailing average babysitter rate in a major city is higher that those in smaller metropolitan areas or towns.

A preference for an older babysitter would also mean a consideration of the babysitter’s experience, although this doesn’t always follow. In fact, the experience factor will have more bearing than the age factor.

This is particularly important if the child to be cared for is a baby or a toddler less than three years old. The services of a more experienced babysitter will be more suitable but the average babysitter rate will border on the higher end of the compensation range.

2. The Time of Day

The average babysitter rate in this particular aspect can be a grey area in some cases. The regular babysitting-hours are said to be between 8:00am and 10:00pm. Accordingly, some parents contend that night time rates especially if to commence when the children are already sleeping should be less than the hourly rate applicable to daytime.

There is more work involved during the day when the children are awake and are supposed to be more demanding. The need for a nighttime babysitter is more focused on having a mature and experienced person, left in charge of the kids in case of emergency situations.

3. The Use of a Babysitting Rate Calculator

Since the matter of average babysitter rate will serve only as a base point for the babysitter’s remuneration, you will find a babysitting rate calculator handy in order to compute for the nearest and most ideal amount. This information can either be used as basis to pay for the sitter or for a babysitter’s use as the amount she will charge for her services.

Below are examples of how much the calculator will arrive at for three case scenarios with basically the same requirements but will differ only with the location.

The parents would like an adult babysitter with 2 to 4 years experience to baby-sit their child who is under three years of age, from late night up to early morning when she will do some cooking and cleaning. How much will be the average babysitter rate be if the household is located