I have been offered a college level teaching job. I really would like to take it. I would only need childcare for 10 hours a week. I will only take the job if I can hire a care provider that will come to my home. We have someone in mind and she is very interested. She would be bringing her 5 yo dd who is being homeschooled. My dd is 3 and we plan to unschool. The caregiver is very interested in it and is willing to work with us. We have a very simialr parenting style. She does not need the money. This is more of a social thing for her and her dd. She would have to travel 15-20 minutes from her home and be here at 7:15 am for 2 days a week. This is a very low income area. Most in-home day care centers are charging around $2.50-$3.00/hr for children over 18 months and for-hire sitters (usually college age) are going for $5-$6/hr. Because she would be coming to our home and will need to drive here, we were thinking somewhere around $6-$7/hour. Does this sound resonable? We would also be providing breakfast and lunch for her and her dd. She still seemed very interested when we mentioned the pay range but I want to be sure I am not way off base before we formalize it.
I personally think what you're offering seems pretty fair, especially since she seems very interested in the position. And I think it is great (no, make that absolutely fantastic) that you have found someone with a similar parenting style and similar values.
I've been a nanny for 2 years and honestly I wouldn't take a job for only $6-7/ hr. The average pay for occasional babysitting is $9-10/hr. I've never heard of for hire nannie being so cheap-do you live in a low-income aarea? I almost took a couple nanny placement services and they paid *at least* $10/hr up to $15/hr.
I think it sounds fair considering the cost of living up there. She must also think it is fair if she is excited.
You could also draw up the contract with a contingency plan about raises every so often.
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