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 caregiver 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.
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 Veronika, I have a lot of experience with kids. Originally I am a teacher with a Bachelor degree, I'm also a part time tutor and a nanny. If you need more info please feel free to contact me.
$12-$50 per hour
4 years experience
Zoe K. (1)
Childcare — Pipitea 6011
1 year's experience
Hi there! I have been tutoring and looking after children ranging from 3 years old to 17 years old (and everywhere in between) since I was 16. I adore looking after children and helping them with school work and making your lives easier. Having been brought up cooking I am happy to prep meals for your children too (perhaps they'd like to help, might discover a hidden talent!) Please let me know how I can assist you and your family.
$20-$50 per hour
1 year experience
Tamara L. (1)
Childcare — Manurewa 2102
2 years experience
I have loads of experience with kids of all ages. Currently relieve in a daycare centre occasionally when needed and have done for almost 2 years, 4 years babysitting experience, have done swimming instructing, completeled high school, Have own car, can speak a little bit of Spanish and very confident in Māori. I am currently contracted to a Netball team and have a big passion for sports
$17-$50 per hour
2 years experience
Marian G. (1)
Childcare — Thorndon 6011
3 years experience
I am Nutritionist and I have been on summer camps taking care of kids between 3 and 14 years old for 4 years, I also can speak Spanish and English
$16-$50 per hour
3 years experience
Caitlin B. (1)
Childcare — Kingsland 1024
6 years experience
I am a 24 year old with 6+ years of childcare experience. I am responsible, caring and fun. I enjoy spending time outside and encouraging children on their learning journey through play, nature and exploring Aucklands treasures such as the zoo, motat, museum and beaches.
After school care for two girls ages 8 and 5
School holiday and after school care for three girls aged 6, 8 and 10
Full day nanny for an 8 month now 3 year old girl, occasionally her one year old cousin joins us.
Sunday school program leader for approximately 35 preschoolers.
I have 3+ references available
Looking forward to hearing from you!