Provides supervisory care of children on an occasional, part-time, or full-time basis. No special training or background is expected.
High school and college students are often available for part-time and summer child care jobs, as are others who prefer to work occasionally rather than on a steady basis. Be sure to talk with your neighbors or post flyers in local stores where students shop. Babysitters are usually paid by the hour or day and usually earn at least minimum wage when they work regular hours, but the national average is $6 to $10 per hour. Babysitters who work on an occasional basis may be shared with other families. For this type of caregiver, chapters 3 and 5 and the Medical Release Form on page 66 will be the most helpful parts of this guide.
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