Ever since Amelia was born I can count the amount of times Andy and myself have gone out together on our own on my left hand. We very rarely go out, and I actually can't remember the last time we did as it was sometime last year. We have never paid for a babysitter, and the only people who have ever watched her whilst we've gone out is my parents or Andy's brother who live close to us. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm just not comfortable having a stranger in our house whilst we're not there. Maybe when she is older, and in school then I wouldn't be so paranoid and would most probably only have some one who we know babysit her.
I recently came across this interesting infographic from Care.com showing the average babysitter rates across the UK. Babysitters in the UK usually make anything between £6.00 and up to £13.00 per hour which I think is pretty reasonable if you're wanting a child free night! I guess the babysitter's age and experience would be a factor to consider when deciding how much to pay especially if they are a friends daughter for example, rather than a qualified babysitter who has been doing it for years with first aid experience. I can also imagine that you would expect to pay more for a babysitter if you live in a big city rather than a small town or the country side.
Below is the infographic from Care.com showing babysitter rates across the UK and you can also check out their babysitter pay rate calculator that will give you the going rate for sitters in your area.
Do you have a babysitter for your children?
* This infographic was published in association with Care.com
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