There are several factors you should expect to impact the rate of pay. Once you've figured out the basic pay rate, see the following information to help you adjust the rate as needed.
Amount of childcare
Do you need a carer full time, part time, or just for occasional help?
If it's part-time, is it for the same days and times each week?
Is the job during the week, on weekends or some of each?
Major metropolitan areas tend to have higher childcare rates than rural areas.
Suburbs can also have much higher sitting rates than rural areas, especially if they serve a large commuter population and are near a major city.
Number of children
Keeping an eye on 1 child is a lot different than watching 2 or 3 or more kids. Pay should reflect this. Your babysitter or nanny needs to control a larger group, deal with kids interacting with each other, and be more aware of group dynamics than if they're watching 1 child.
Most child carers are happy to help with household jobs, as long as it doesn't interfere with their caregiving.
Asking your sitter or nanny to help with the laundry or to pick up groceries are examples of tasks that will definitely require extra pay. Expect to pay at least another $2 - $3 per hour in addition to the basic rate.
Basic tidying up and getting the kids a snack are usually included in your basic rate - just be sure your childcare knows what your expectations are.
Is your babysitter or nanny required to drive the kids all over town for lessons or play dates? Is she using your car or hers?
If she's using her car, you'll want to offer extra compensation for the gas she uses while driving the kids. If she using your car be sure you provide her with gas money if the tank needs filling. Some families offer their childcare mileage compensation if she's commuting a long distance.
Experienced child carers get paid more than those with less experience. Paying more for experience can get you a sitter or nanny who can better meet your child care needs--and you get peace of mind too.
If you have a newborn or twins (or triplets!), you'll want someone who has specific experience to match your needs. Expect to pay more per hour than the basic rate in your local area. It's worth it.
My name is Emily, I’m 26 and am a pre-service teacher. Whilst I’m working and finishing off my training, I am looking for additional work looking after children. I have a kind, caring nature, and current clearances to work worh children. My education background means I am able and wiling to peovide assistance to your child/ children with their homework or academic needs. My availability and flexibility during the week will increase during school holidays. I think, ideally, I would be looking for reasonably regular work with a small number of families to get to know the children in meaningful ways, but am very open to hearing about what you and your family requires, and negotiating some arrangement around that.
$30-$50 per hour
3 years experience
Wendy S. (2)Featured
Childcare — 5159 Happy Valley
5159 Happy Valley
10+ years experience
I have 20 years experience as a kindy/ primary teacher, vacation care coordinator and disability support worker, and am studying my Masters of Teaching in Early Childhood. I have raised my 2 boys and twin girls to being positive and successful teens. I am warm, caring and relationship-oriented, and children always ask if I can "come back tomorrow"! I am a regular nanny/carer to several infants/children/young adults, including multiple births and individuals with autism, can provide excellent references. You will have peace of mind that your children are safe and happy in my care!
$28-$50 per hour
10+ years experience
Brittney K. (1)Featured
Childcare — 5000 Adelaide
6 years experience
I am CPR certified and have 6 years of experience with all ages of kids. I love playing outside and being active. I also help with homework and love having chill nights with a movie and popcorn.
$20-$50 per hour
6 years experience
Alyona K. (1)Featured
Childcare — 3078 Alphington
4 years experience
My name is Alyona, I am a kind, professional, and enthusiastic nanny. My recent experience has involved nannying for a 3 year old boy and an 11 year old girl, 30 hours per week. I am comfortable with all age groups and have experience from infants to early adolescents. My core values are authenticity, honesty, kindness, and awareness. I am looking for work on Monday's, Tuesdays, and Thursdays but I'm happy to work more for the right role.
My skills are:
- Creativity: I am confident creating activities, initiating arts and crafts, cooking, or simply encouraging imaginative play in nature
- Organisation: I am able to prioritise many tasks at once as well as implement clear routines
- Calm under pressure: I can remain grounded during stressful situations (eg: children's tantrums) and hold the space confidently
-Communication: I am clear, considerate, and upfront in my communication
- Flexibility: My personal demeanor is flexible and adaptable, with a natural ability to embrace change
- Compassion: I practice non-judgement, empathy, and care
- Assertiveness: I am a leader and setting boundaries is important to me
I look forward to meeting you!
$27-$50 per hour
4 years experience
Tamia-Kathryn J. (1)Featured
Childcare — 2263 Toukley
7 years experience
I've been babysitting for over 7 years which started as babysitting for friends and family and have branched off and looking for more hours. I'm a caring, fun and respectable 22 year old female who is able to cater to whatever your families needs are. I'm wanting to become a long term babysitter who has a good relationship with the families. I am also studying for my bachelor of education in early childhood.