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    Default What do you think is a fair price.

    I am flying my 16yr old niece up to be a nanny to the boys for the school holidays so she will be home with them 8am to 2pm 5 days a week.
    My SIL says I don't have to worry about paying her as I'm paying her flight but of course I want to pay her something but don't know how much I should. Baring in mind I am providing her accommodation and food any thoughts on how much is fair? She will be here for 5 weeks at least.

    She isn't returning to school next year, wants to be a hairdresser apprentice which she has made enquiries about. She says she would like to stay up here with me and get a job. Due to huge staff issues at the only daycare centre in town and ds3 not being guaranteed a start in the new year I may very well be here longer.

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    I had a very similar arrangement with my Aunty when I was that age except I helped out at her childcare centre and occasionally looked after her kids in the evening. I stayed with her and she provided food and paid me at a normal wage for my duties. I don't know what it would be these days but I would say about $10-$15 an hour would be fair since she is doing you the favour

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    Did you have any idea of what you were thinking would be appropriate?

    If she was looking after them 6hrs a day, 5 days a week for 5 weeks, it's about 150hrs of babysitting/nannying. If you were to pay her $5/hr it equates to $750 for the 5 weeks. $5/hr is below minimum wage, but like you said, you're providing her with food and accommodation plus her flights.

    What would it cost you to send them all to daycare/vacation care for that amount of time? Maybe work that out roughly to give you a comparison then look at your likely expenses such as flights, food etc and see where you stand.

    For example, if it would cost you $2000 to send them all to vacation care every day for 5 weeks, but you could pay your niece $500 + $300 for flights and then say $200 for food, you're still coming out ahead.
    (Very generalized example!)

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    Have a look at how much it would cost to have an au pair and pay her a bit less than that (as she can't drive at16 and probably has no actual qualifications).

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    For me flights wouldn't come into it - that's your cost of getting an employee shipped in.

    For 3 x kids I would pay at least $15 per hour. So $90 day, $450 week. I wouldn't take anymore than $50 off for food contribtioonS.

    So $400ish per week total.

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    No way would I pay $15 an HOUR for a family member to look after your children. If you're paying all expenses I'd give her $200 a week. I used to look after my cousins for free because I had a great time. I used to take them out all the time too and not ask for any compensation !! If you're going to pay that much money put them in vacation care. It'd be a hell of a lot cheaper.

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    Default What do you think is a fair price.

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    No way would I pay $15 an HOUR for a family member to look after your children. If you're paying all expenses I'd give her $200 a week. I used to look after my cousins for free because I had a great time. I used to take them out all the time too and not ask for any compensation !! If you're going to pay that much money put them in vacation care. It'd be a hell of a lot cheaper.
    What 16 year old would have a great time looking after 3 kids? I'm an adult and two is a bloody handful. 16 year olds should be out having fun with their friends in the holidays. I could think of nothing worse as a 16 year old to look after 3 kids. For 5 weeks!! If someone had played the "they're family so you should do it for cheap" card I would tell them to get stuffed.

    As a parent I can't believe the 16 year olds mum said not to worry about money. Not something I would do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    For me flights wouldn't come into it - that's your cost of getting an employee shipped in.

    For 3 x kids I would pay at least $15 per hour. So $90 day, $450 week. I wouldn't take anymore than $50 off for food contribtioonS.

    So $400ish per week total.
    These were my thoughts also. $5 per hour per child doesn't sound like much.
    It's not a one off which might be a favour, not requiring payment (which would be up to 16 year old, not her mum!)
    It's a part time job for 5 weeks.
    A quick google told me an au pair receives around $250-300 per week pocket money for 20-40 hours work. So, the amount might reduce slightly but I think it's closer to VP's suggested amount than nothing!

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    I'd pay her. I think I'd negotiate between her, her parents and, of course, me. I think I'd want to pay her around $50 a day, but would be a little bit flexible.

    I'd also try really hard to convince her to stay in school, not drop out. But I'd let her continue living with me next year regardless. I wouldn't send her home if she didn't want to, as I'd be concerned that there was something else going on at home if she's choosing to leave her immediate family and friends and come and live with an auntie and uncle interstate.

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    I'm with Vic Park.

    Food and board should be for free because she's family. Not she shouldn't be paid because she's family.

    2 kids I would say $10 per hour. 3 kids should be $15. At the moment she's probably thinking it will be all fun and games but I think we all know it will be bloody hard work.


 

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