How much does childcare cost and what's the difference?
How much will childcare cost and what are my options?
The cost of childcare is an important consideration for families in the UK. Childcare costs vary significantly depending on the type of childcare you choose. You can find our guide to the average cost by type of childcare here
Prices vary according to the type of childcare that you need, the hours that you need childcare for and the experience and qualifications that your chosen candidate has. Location also affects the price of childcare, for example Nannies in London cost considerably more than Nannies in Birmingham or Nannies in Manchester.
Typically babysitters and au pairs are the least expensive type of childcare with the least experience and qualifications, but that’s not to say they won’t provide excellent care and be perfect solution to your childcare needs. Live in Nannies in London are highly sought after and provide the most expensive childcare. They provide round-the-clock care for families, with high levels of experience, up-to-date CRB check and childcare training.
Each childcare candidate on Findababysitter.com has the option of displaying their regular hourly, weekly, or monthly charges on their profile page and each candidate includes the type of childcare or domestic service that they can provide.
For example, Jodie is a childcarer available in Harpenden. She is available for a number of child care jobs in the Harpenden area including Nanny live-out, Nanny part-time, Babysitter, Afterschool Nanny, Nanny Housekeeper, and Housekeeper. She has ten years experience and charges £7 per hour.
If you are returning to work or just need extra help with your little ones, the following should be considered before beginning your childcare search as it will greatly affect the cost of your childcare:
- How much can I afford to spend on childcare?
- How often do I need childcare?
- Do I want childcare in my own home or away from my home?
- Do I want someone with many years of experience, or am I happy with an less experienced au pair?
- Am I willing to have my childcare live in my home?
- The age of your children - a baby requires much more specialised care than a teenager
- Where do you live? Childcare costs in London are higher than, say, Birmingham simply because the cost of living is higher
- Am I eligible for Working Tax Credits or Childcare Vouchers?
Whichever type of childcare you need and wherever you are we advise you to discuss and agree your requirements and the costs with your childcare candidate in advance. Make sure you read our helpful guide to selecting a childcare professional to get you started.
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