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Summer Babysitting Jobs

How Is a Summer Babysitter Paid?

Summer babysitters typically receive a wage (they are paid by the hour), with pay days occurring weekly or semi-monthly throughout the summer.  However, some full-time summer babysitters may receive a salary instead of a wage: a salary is a pay rate that is not tied to the number of hours worked (it may, instead, be tied to the number of weeks worked, for example).

If you are looking into being a summer babysitter, you can probably expect to be paid between $6 and $18 per hour.

There are many factors that can affect summer babysitter compensation. Here is a brief listing of the most significant of those factors:

If you are a babysitter in an area with a strong job market and/or a high cost of living, you might see a higher babysitter pay rate.

Since the average babysitter wage is based on caring for two children, you should expect to make more if you are a babysitter for a family with three or more children.

The younger the children are, the more your compensation will likely be.

You may also experience a wage increase or decrease depending on how many hours you work. If you aren't required to babysit for more than 40 hours per week, you may be paid as a part-time babysitter instead of a full-time babysitter.

You may also see an increase in your babysitter wage or salary depending on how much peripheral work you do. Peripheral work includes preparing food for the children, cleaning the house, doing laundry, driving the children to their various appointments, and medicating any children will illnesses.

The more job-relevant special skills or knowledge that you have, the more you can expect to earn. For example, if you have a degree in Slavic languages, and your employer-family has a child they have adopted from Russia who they want to learn her native tongue, you will likely receive a higher income for your knowledge of that Slavic language and your willingness to teach it to their child.

The more experience you have as a babysitter, the larger your compensation will likely be.

The better your ability to market your job skills, the better you will do in negotiating your starting rate of pay.

Of course, other factors can affect babysitter compensation as well.

The foregoing factors typically do not take you outside the pay range of $6 to $18 per hour, but instead help gauge where you will be paid within that pay range.
 

Summer babysitters, as all employees, should discuss pay rates and pay dates with their employers before they begin working. This eliminates confusion and the difficulties that can be associated with clearing up pay problems after they have already occurred.

Some employer-families offer employment contracts to their summer babysitters: such contracts are excellent ways to set clear expectations regarding payroll and other terms and conditions of the summer babysitter's employment.


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Summer Babysitting Jobs Overseas

Summer babysitting opportunities may allow a babysitter to travel overseas. If you have ever thought about traveling abroad, you may want to become a summer babysitter for a family in a foreign location.

There are several ways to obtain a job as a foreign babysitter.  You can do an Internet search (for example, you can search for "summer babysitter"  "Italy" for numerous sites that can assist you in securing a babysitting job in Italy). If you prefer to work with a babysitter agency that you know to be reputable, then you can contact that babysitter agency for a foreign placement.

You can become a babysitter in countries such as Germany, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Belgium, Australia, or England. If you live outside of the United States, you can travel to the United States to babysit for the summer.

To work outside your home country, you will need a work visa, a passport, and a visit to the doctor to ensure that you are healthy.

There are many complexities to consider when evaluating whether to work in a foreign country:  each country has its own culture, employment expectations, and laws.  If you use the services of a babysitter agency, these matters will likely be explained to you.  If you intend to secure a foreign job via the Internet, you will need to do your own homework.  One of the most frequent questions asked about foreign placements involves travel.  If you work with a babysitter agency, the family for whom you will work will pay for your travel expenses and have transportation provided for you during your employment. If you are securing a foreign babysitting job through an Internet search, you can negotiate for your employer-family to assume responsibility for your transportation.  If you have to pay for your own travel expenses, you should think twice about taking the position. 

With good information in hand, you can have an exciting summer job in an exotic foreign location!


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What a Summer Babysitter Does

A summer babysitter does most of the things that a year-round babysitter does. A summer babysitter is responsible for the children in her care.

The bulk of a summer babysitter's responsibilities will revolve around making the summer fun and safe for these children. Other job responsibilities may include transporting the children to various activities such as sports lessons or games, music lessons, arts and crafts classes, or any other extra-curricular activity the children may be participating in; running household errands; doing summer academic work with the children; doing light housekeeping (i.e., making beds and doing dishes -- although a summer babysitter can have the children in her care complete some simple chores on their own); preparing meals; and assisting with the transitions at the beginning and ending of her employment relationship.

A job description should be provided to a summer babysitter to ensure that she and her employer-family are on the same page about what she will be expected to do during her employment.


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What is a Summer Babysitter?

A summer babysitter is a person who is hired to babysit for a family for just the summer months.  A summer babysitting position usually begins in May or June and ends in August or September.  The position can be full-time or part-time, and live-in or live-out, depending on the needs of the family.

If you accept a job as a part-time summer babysitter, you can usually expect to work two to three days per week or a few hours each day. If you accept a full-time summer babysitting position, you can expect to work about 40 hours per week.

The bulk of a summer babysitter's responsibilities will revolve around making the summer fun and safe for the children in their care. Other job responsibilities may include transporting the children to various activities such as sports lessons or games, music lessons, arts and crafts classes, or any other extra-curricular activity the children may be participating in; running household errands; doing summer academic work with the children; doing light housekeeping (i.e., making beds and doing dishes -- although a summer babysitter can have the children in her care complete some simple chores on their own); preparing meals; and assisting with the transitions at the beginning and ending of her employment relationship.


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Where to Find Summer Babysitting Positions

Many families search for a person to care for their children over the summer when school is out. If you know where to look for a summer babysitting position and you are qualified, you should have no problem finding a summer babysitting job.

You can use the services of Internet babysitting services such as Babysitters4hire.com.  

You can contact a babysitting agency for placement in a summer babysitting job. 

You can look in the newspaper for summer babysitter help-wanted advertisements.

You can obtain a summer babysitting postion through word of mouth (a job referral from a friend or relative).

If you are up for traveling away from your home for the summer, you can look at online newspapers for summer babysitting jobs in the city or region of interest to you. For instance, if you are hoping to babysit and you have always wanted to visit the Hamptons, you can find online newspapers for this location and peruse the classifieds for any advertised summer babysitting positions. This can be done in virtually any city in the country. 


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Who Are Summer Babysitters?

Summer babysitters come from a variety of backgrounds, age groups, and ethnicities.  They have a wide variety of skill sets and talents.  Yet they all can be expected to love working with children.

Many college students are summer babysitters as the jobs provide them with summer income, don't interfere with their school-term coursework, and can provide them with wonderful opportunities to travel (this latter point is referencing summer babysitting positions in communities that are distant from the babysitter's college or home community).  Additionally, if the college students have majors such as early childhood education, child development, or the like, summer babysitting jobs can reflect well on their resumes.

Many teachers are summer babysitters as the babysitting jobs generate extra money over the summer, don't interfere with their school-term jobs, can provide them with wonderful opportunities to travel, and (for elementary education teachers) can reflect well on their resumes.

Summer babysitters can also be retirees, homemakers, or others.

Most summer babysitters are at least 18 years old, and all must be authorized to work within the country in which they will be babysitting.


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Why People Need Summer Babysitters

Summer babysitters are needed by families in a number of circumstances.  Listed below are three of the most common situations in which summer babysitters are hired.

  1. The family's children are school-aged, but not old enough to be home all alone.  During the school year, the family has planned after-school activities or programs that keep the children supervised and occupied until a parents is able to be with the children.  During the summer, however, the children have many more hours for which parents must find supervised activities for their children.  Even when parents can find enough activities to keep their children busy for the parents' workday, shuttling children to and from a variety of activities can often taken more time than working parents can take away from work.  A summer babysitter is the perfect solution.
  2. The family's children are school-aged, but not old enough to be home all alone.  During the school year, the family has a part-time babysitter for the after-school hours, Monday through Friday . . . but that babysitter can't absorb the extra hours of the summer babysitting position.  A summer babysitter, hired just to work those longer hours, is the perfect solution.
  3. The family travels extensively throughout the summer and wants someone to travel with them to allow the parents to have more relaxing travels and to care for the children while the parents do activities separate from their children.   A summer babysitter is the perfect solution.

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