What will it cost?
What you pay the babysitter
When you book childcare with Sitters, you pay the childcarer for her time at the end of the booking. We ask parents to pay for a minimum of 3 hours (4 hours on 'busy dates'), regardless of how short the booking is.
Professional babysitters' recommended hourly rates of pay:*
The following rates of pay are currently recommended for babysitting in this locality (these rates are inclusive of any travelling costs). To ensure it is worth your babysitter’s time and so that they are willing to return to your family, we also recommend that babysitters are paid for a minimum of 3 hours for each booking (or 4 hours if the booking is on one of the 20 busiest days of the year. A calendar on your account will advise what these dates are).
*Recommended rates are subject to periodic review in line with any changes to the National Living Wage.
Special rates for special dates
These are slightly higher rates of pay for certain special dates (e.g. New Year’s Eve). These dates usually require higher rates of pay to be offered as there are naturally fewer childcarers willing to work (as they too have party invitations!). The only way to accommodate this imbalance is to offer the babysitters more appealing rates of pay.
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Sitters membership & booking fees
There is a quarterly membership fee* of £14.95 and for each booking there is a nominal administration fee*:
- Evening bookings (starting after 6pm) - £4
- Daytime bookings (starting before 6pm) - £6
- Bookings away from home - £6
- Last minute bookings (less than 36 hours' notice) - £6
- Bookings lasting 8-24 hours - £6
* membership and booking fees are charged to your card only after your booking has taken place