Approximate hourly rate:
On your profile, you can indicate average hourly prices for a babysitting appointment. Childcare providers can do the same. However, this is not a fixed rate and you are always able to negotiate. Expected rates will change depending on factors mentioned below.
The informal babysitter:
If your child requires a lot of attention and care, you can expect to pay a higher rate than usual. Keep in mind that you will also have to pay your babysitter more for looking after multiple children as this will require more effort and energy on behalf of the babysitter.
A secondary school student as a babysitter:
You can pay a secondary school student, who babysits in the evening, a fixed amount per night or an hourly rate. After midnight, you can arrange to pay a double rate, or a fixed amount for the whole night if the babysitter is staying over until the morning. How much you should pay depends on the age and experience of the babysitter, whether the children are already in bed when the babysitter arrives, etc. We advise you to sort out the payment details before the babysitter starts babysitting for the first time so that you are both aware of what can be expected.
Age of the babysitter:
When arranging the hourly rate, you also need to consider the age of the babysitter. For instance, a 21 year old student would expect a higher rate than a 15 year old student would. Keep in mind that the minimum wage also varies between these ages. To determine an hourly rate for your babysitter, you can base the amount on the national minimum wage. However, if you hire a registered childminder or nanny, then you must pay the childminder at least the gross minimum wage.
A childminder or nanny can decide themselves on how much they will charge you. Parents in some countries are also eligible for a subsidy based on the maximum hourly rate.