Nanny/Chauffeur To AfterSchool Activities

Updated on February 07, 2015
J.S. asks from Los Angeles, CA
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A lot of people responded to my question about working moms and afterschool activities (Thank you!!) and one of the suggestions that kept popping up was to hire a college kid or nanny-type person to just pick my son up from school and take him to these after-school activities. How much do people like this cost and how do you find a reliable, trustworthy one? If you have such a person, what exactly does this person do for you, how much do you pay them and how do you like it?

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answers from San Francisco on

I have never hired a nanny, but the kids transportation services around here charge right around $75 per week. If you do hire a nanny/chauffer, be sure they have the correct insurance in place.

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answers from San Francisco on

I advertised at the local college (most schools have a career center or something similar where people in the community can post job listings) We found a great girl who was with our family for two years. I paid her $10 per hour but that was about 15 years ago. Today I would probably do $12 to $14, but that's the going rate here (you need to ask around for the going rate in your area.)

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answers from Grand Forks on

I was a SAHM for 12 years and during that time I did lots of after school child care, primarily for the friends of my own children. Sometimes that included taking the kids to after school activities. What I charged depended on a lot of factors, and sometimes instead of charging I traded services. My suggestion would be to find out if your child has any friends with a SAHM and ask her.

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answers from Boston on

If you can't find someone via word of mouth, check with any local colleges as they usually have some kind of bulletin board/help wanted services. I would pay whatever the going rate is for baby-sitting in your area, plus a bit more if the driving will be far. For things in your community I don't think you need to pay more than you would for just baby-sitting, but I have a friend whose care provider drives 2-3 hours round trip so she pays a premium rate to make up for gas and wear and tear on the car. You should be able to do a background check on your candidate that includes a driving record for short money (via internet). Whenever I've hired someone to watch my kids and it includes driving it's been someone I know well so I haven't had to do that step but it's pretty routine for someone doing this kind of work.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

I was paid by the hour and by the kid, not minimum wage either. It was part time most of the time. I got no benefits or vacation and if the parents were off work I didn't work. Mom was a college professor so I didn't work summers either.

I got paid twice per month when dad got paid. I wrote down all my time and mileage and extra chores I'd done. They had 7 kids who all went to school.

I made a passable income and it was okay for what I was doing. I can't remember what minimum wage was buy my salary was about half minimum wage per child. If I washed a load of clothes and dried them and put them away I got a set amount. Each load I did I got paid for. If I cooked dinner for them I got paid the same amount of money as laundry. I was expected to keep the kitchen as clean as I could but it wasn't my job in any way to clean the kitchen. It was someone's assigned chore. It just wasn't fair if I used 5 pans to cook a meal and left a huge mess for that kid.

I think you should consider offering the person the same money you pay for child care all included. It's part time work, they can work another job and come pick up kiddo from school then take him here or there and sit on their hiney to play on their phone or talk to their friends while your child is busy in class. It's not hard work.

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answers from Washington DC on

Our sitters have always worked for $10 per hour. Sometimes they don't go anywhere, other times they take them to the pool, library, swimming lessons, dance class, basketball court, whatever. They always make out because if we hire them for 8 hours but come home after 4, they still get 8 hours of pay.

We have found the last 3 on One we had for 3 years and were so sad to lose her, she moved on to full-time work after college though and wasn't able to work the hours we needed anymore, so we use her for date nights now. Another one was just summer for us, she also got full-time work in the fall. Finally, the girl we have now but haven't used in a while because my husband is home, goes to the college 10 minutes away from us. She lives 2 hours away, but this is easy money for her in the mornings, when we need her.

We did not expect any cleaning or major meal making, they played with the kids sometimes, but weren't required to the whole time (mine are 7, 9, and 11). So basically it was/is fairly easy work for them, and they are all happy with the deal we set up.

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answers from Boston on

The best way to find people is to network like crazy. If it were me, I'd be asking via Facebook and letting people know I'm searching for a college student or a "young" senior citizen to do this. You can also place a notice with the college employment office. If you know the guidance or athletic department staff at your high school, ask for referrals to students who graduated in the last 3 years and who are at local colleges. That's a more limited market but they will be well known to the staff, having lived for some years in your town. Then you check references as you would for any sitter. If you want to get really thorough, you can pay for a criminal record check including driving record.

College students are ideal because they can bring their work and study while waiting for the kids if there's no time for them to go back to your house. They can either stay at the activity or hit a local coffee shop.

You'd pay the same rate as for babysitters plus a gas allowance.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Depends on where u live, level of experience, responsibilities and how many kids. We are in la pay ours 15 as we have 3 kids. The two are older so she has to be sure they get home do their chores, homework. The younger ine she sits does homework with him, reads with him, bathes him, cooks light dinners cleans up dinners, and does his laundry once a week. If they want to play a game I ask her to play with him. For instance last night I needed her it got a bit busy and my two kids were horsing around so I asked her to take the younger one and play a game while he was waiting to go ( he had a cubs out sleepover with dad) etc. So she did. Sometimes it's just entertaining them too etc. Some girls will work for 10-12 an hour if it's just one kid

Oh I've used a lot
Sometimes she just picks them up from school and brings them home. If they have an activity she will bring them as well. If I'm home I help with getting dinner ready or play with my kids



answers from Boston on

$12-15 and have them start dinner.



answers from Dallas on

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