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#1 Domestic Goddess

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

So I am finally going on a "date". First one in 2 years. Just lunch, nothing major. He said that it was fine to bring DS along with me as I could not get a babysitter.
Today DS's carer at preschool offered to babysit him. DS gets inclusion service due to his needs, so for  hours a day he gets extra attention/care from a particular carer.
This guy is about 20 years old and gets along well with DS. He's fully qualified ofcourse, so that's a bonus.

Would you "hire" one of your child's carers to babysit on a Sunday? What are the going rates these days? In the 3 years I've had DS, I've never had to pay for a sitter before lol  unsure.gif

#2 causeway

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:27 PM

I have and I would do again. I paid about $15 p/h. It was for all day on a Saturday while DH & I both worked.

#3 Domestic Goddess

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:00 PM

Hmmmmm this kid wants $20,- an hour as that is what his mother gets too via her professional babysitting business.
*SIGH* I hate having to do these last minute things. Oh well, it will be a 1 off I hope.....

#4 ♥Rumpelstiltskin♥

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:09 PM

Sorry I read you post wrong I thought that you said that you had a hot date with a 20 year old.....lol


#5 Domestic Goddess

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

QUOTE (♥~Purple-Bliss~♥ @ 14/02/2013, 08:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry I read you post wrong I thought that you said that you had a hot date with a 20 year old.....lol



Bahahahahaha I wish!!!

But.........No. No cougaring for me unfortunately sad.gif Its not even a hot date, just lunch hahahaha.

Edited by Domestic Goddess, 14 February 2013 - 07:20 PM.


#6 lynneyours

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

I don't think $20 is bad for a special needs babysitter who is a qualified carer also - you get to relax AND have piece of mind.

Enjoy your date OP!

#7 SeaPrincess

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

I would.  Oh, I have! She charged $22/hour.

#8 babychacha

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:34 PM

I'm in Sydney and that is the standard rate here for hiring one of my son's preschool teachers. Well that was the cheapest I could get, the only teacher I could actually book charged me $25.

He's now at school and I don't know anyone now that could babysit.

#9 againagain

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

I would be happy with $20 an hour and I would be over the moon to hire a babysitter who already knows my child and their needs  original.gif

A friend of mine hires lady from her daycare centre on Saturday nights sometimes and she charges $25 an hour.

#10 theMword

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

I've got one of DS's day care teachers booked for a couple of after work shifts - works perfectly as she already knows him, settling, eating etc. She asks for $19 but we pay $20 -mainly because we're too lazy to organise change!

#11 Queen Yoda

Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

QUOTE (Domestic Goddess @ 14/02/2013, 02:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So I am finally going on a "date". First one in 2 years. Just lunch, nothing major. He said that it was fine to bring DS along with me as I could not get a babysitter.
Today DS's carer at preschool offered to babysit him. DS gets inclusion service due to his needs, so for  hours a day he gets extra attention/care from a particular carer.
This guy is about 20 years old and gets along well with DS. He's fully qualified ofcourse, so that's a bonus.

Would you "hire" one of your child's carers to babysit on a Sunday? What are the going rates these days? In the 3 years I've had DS, I've never had to pay for a sitter before lol  unsure.gif

Both the babysitters we use for our kids have come from the kids' daycare centre. $20/hour (seems pretty standard around here). Qualified, very responsible, the kids adore them.

The carers approached us when they heard through the grapevine that we never go out because we had no-one to babysit (specific thing was that I wasn't going to DH's xmas party because we had no-one to care for the kids when DD1 was just under 12 months old and it had been months since DH and I had even gone out by ourselves for an hour, let alone a whole evening that included dinner).    It's a bit of a hush-hush situation because the general policy is that carers are not encouraged to do private babysitting of the daycare kids  However, it's worked out brilliantly for us and the two carers seem to like it as well.

Have fun on your date OP!

#12 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:50 PM

the girls at our daycare both also do private sitting, $20 an hour and worth every penny! DD loves them and we trust them

#13 Roobear

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:59 PM

We pay our babysitter who is a student midwife $20 p/h to babysit. I did pay $35 p/h for a mothercraft nurse to babysit as just a once off when I had a freak out about leaving DS when he was 10 weeks old and our usual babysitter couldn't do it. It was ridiculous but it was the only way I was leaving him as he didn't take a bottle well and was a bit screamy so needed rocking/cuddling a lot!

#14 Domestic Goddess

Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:09 AM

Well, the carer isn't specially trained in special needs.
He has just been hired especially to interact with DS as DS does not have a father and so no male rollmodel. Therefore the director thought it would be good to pair him up with a male carer.

He's only 20 though, but as I said, he's got his Cert 3 and studying for cert 4 in childcare and he comes from a family of childcare workers.

There are still things that he can't do, that only I can do. Ie: settling DS for his afternoon nap as he only wants cuddles with mummy. So I have to be back before 2pm.
No big deal though. I have set the time for the date at 11.30 so that gives us 2 hours to chat. That ought to be enough to figure out if I want to meet them again or not and vice versa ofcourse.

I already told him that Im going to shave my hair next month, so he's in a rush to meet me before I change my appearance lol. Though he acknowledges that it doesn't change me as a person and that hair grows back pretty quick.
Now to figure out what to wear......

#15 Therese

Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:15 AM

I hope your lunch goes well original.gif




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