When a family needs a temporary babysitter, the family may or may not interview the prospective babysitter(s). For example, if the family needs a babysitter for just one evening, the family is less likely to interview than if the family needs the babysitter for a full week.
Families usually request background checks on their prospective temporary babysitter, no matter how brief that babysitter's term of employment is expected to be.
After these initial screening steps comes the job offer. Most babysitters prefer that families give them at least one week's notice when they are hired as a temporary babysitter. However, some families simply do not have one week's notice themselves. As a babysitter, there may be times when you are contacted for a temporary job that begins the very next day. As a temporary babysitter, you need to be ready on short notice. What follows is a list of suggestions to help you be ready to babysit at a moment's notice.
To be a temporary babysitter, you will need to have certain things prepared in advance of your first temporary babysitter job.
Average pay rates for temporary babysitters are as follows: about $12 per hour with a minimum of four hours in the home or $120 if working overnight.
Pay rates for temporary babysiiters vary based on the following: location, the age and number of the children involved, the time commitment involved, the peripheral work expected of the babysitter, the qualifications and negotiation skills of the babysitter, and the job market.
Location. You can expect to earn somewhat more than the average if you work in a metropolitan community and somewhat less than the average if you work in a rural community.
Age and Number of Children. If you are caring for a very young baby, you can expect between $14 and $18 per hour. If you are caring for more than two children, you can expect to earn somewhat more than the average.
Time Commitment. If you will work full-time hours or for a longer period of time, you can expect to earn somewhat more than the average. If you will work part-time or for a shorter period of time, you can expect to earn somewhat less than the average.
Peripheral Work. You can expect to earn somewhat more than the average if you will be expected to perform peripheral work. Periperal work involves any work tasks other than direct childcare. Such tasks include housekeeping, cooking, and running errands.
Babysitter Qualifications and Negotiation Skills. As is true with all employees, the stronger the credentials that the employee possesses, the more that employee can typically expect to earn. Also, candidates who are skilled in negotiating their pay rates tend to earn higher wages/salaries.
Job Market. If there are more vacant babysitting jobs than available babysitters, you can expect to earn somewhat more than the average. If there are more available babysitters than vacant babysitting jobs, you can expect to earn somewhat less than the average.
Because you will likely be placed with a family on short notice, you probably won't have time to meet them ahead of time. Therefore, it is important to find out all necessary information when you first arrive in the family's home. And since you will likely be dealing with a short time period in which to gather the information, it is wise to maintain a checklist of questions to ask. Such questions include:
By gaining this information up front, you make yourself as prepared as possible for the tasks at hand. Additionally, the family's first in-person impression of you will likely be that you are very informed, organized, efficient, and well qualified. They will feel more comfortable leaving their children in your care, and you will start off the employment relationship on the right foot.
As a temporary babysitter, you will be responsible for making sure that the children in your care have the following:
A temporary babysitter position is one in which the babysitter is hired to babysit for a short period of time (ranging from a one-day job up to a three-month job). The duration of the short-term job varies based on the reason the family needs the babysitter. A few examples follow.
The period of time may be just one evening, if the parents have planned a date night.
The period of time may be an extended weekend, if the parents want a get-away weekend without the children.
A steady on-call babysitter, when the time arises that the family needs a sitter.
The period of time may be a week or two, if the parent(s) are out of town on work-related travel, or if the nanny has resigned and a temporary babysitter is sought until a permanent replacement nanny can be hired.
Or, the period of time may be every summer during school break.