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As a parent, have you ever wished you could get paid for looking after your screaming children? Well, although no one will pay you to care for your own kids, you could make a surprising amount of money babysitting other people’s sprogs. Want to learn more? Read on for our guide on how to make money as a babysitter.
With the right qualifications, anyone can make money babysitting. You don’t need any formal training, but any you do have could make you more attractive to parents and agencies. Babysitting is best suited to women as most parents prefer the idea of a woman caring for their children rather than a man. Despite that, all you guys out there shouldn’t be put off! These days, more parents are flexible and open to the idea of a ‘modern man’ looking after their kids!
It might be quite a hassle, but having a DBS check will give you an advantage over other job seekers.
Having good references can give your employment opportunities a real boost, so it’s worth taking the time to make sure they’re up to scratch.
Get written references from people for whom you have already worked as a babysitter or other type of carer. If you don’t have written references, you can get character references from a teacher, your bank manager or another professional who knows you well. Also, ensure that you tailor your CV so that it highlights your experience of working with children.
If you want to get off the ground, putting ads in local shops and local papers advertising your services is a good start. You may have more success online though, and there are also plenty of websites like Top Notch Nannies, Sitters and Yoopies.co.uk where you can register and advertise for free.
If you sign up for free at Childcare.co.uk they give you a profile that you can fill with your relevant childcare experience. It will be visible throughout the site and if parents like the look of your profile then they’ll start sending enquiries about your services, hopefully resulting in paid babysitting work.
Money Magpie spoke to Richard Conway (founder of Childcare.co.uk, one of the UK’s biggest babysitter job websites) for his views about which attributes his clients are looking for in a babysitter. He said that the two big things that parents look for when considering a babysitter are “experience and qualifications.”
It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have previous experience babysitting, you can undertake various steps to boost your chances of landing a job. Conway says that the best starting point for inexperienced babysitters is looking after the children of friends, family and neighbours. Building up your experience is vitally important and if you have good references then you’re much more likely to succeed, even if you don’t have qualifications.
Conway says that those who have the most success finding babysitter work on Childcare.co.uk are either those who work in the healthcare profession or are teachers. Any other job working with children is likely to be a plus as well.
Babysitting can be a great way for teenagers to earn some extra pocket money. It depends on the parents – some prefer to have someone older who they see as more responsible. Also, even if they take on the teenager, they may pay them less than they would someone older, so be aware of that. Most nanny and babysitting agencies won’t take anyone under 18.
If your child is thinking about how to make money as a babysitter, check out the excellent ROSPA website for good advice and information on how they can protect themselves and the kids they’re looking after.
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