Babysitting at uni is not only a fun way to earn money, but it also has the potential to do great things for your career.
While childcare is a very popular part-time job among teenagers, many students forget that it can be a great way to earn money in college as well.
When looking for work, most students will look for work in stores or the hospitality industry. You often overlook earning money as a babysitter, but it may be the ideal job to supplement your living costs.
In case you need something compelling, we’ve gathered information on how you can make the most of a student’s childcare work: how to earn more, learn more, and take advantage of the opportunity to boost your graduate career.
Why Should You Become a Babysitter?
First things first, it’s worth thinking about why a babysitting job would be a good option.
Many advantages come with childcare when you’re a student, but some of the benefits aren’t as obvious as others.
To begin with, take care of children:
– It’s usually a well-paying job that’s flexible enough to fit your work schedule.
– It provides a great experience for putting your CV in, proving that you are a responsible and reliable worker you can trust.
– This is an excellent opportunity if you are looking to work with children in the future.
– Encourages you to be more punctual and organized (you can’t be late picking up children from school or you’ll lose your job)
– It potentially allows you to make good contacts with hard-working people (the children’s parents) who can vouch for your character, and be a good reference when you start your postgraduate job search!
How to Become a Nanny
Getting your first babysitting job can be difficult if you moved to a new city by the uni.
Some families prefer to go with people they know vaguely or who have been recommended to them, which can make it a little difficult to get through the door of childcare.
But it’s not impossible! These are our main ways to become a great babysitter:
- Create an online profile or a personal website that tells your story. Say why you love working with children, mention if you have younger siblings or experience, and include a couple of references if possible. Also, attach a CV somewhere on the page.
- Make business cards and deliver them to schools, parks, playgroups, etc. (with a link to your online profile somewhere)
- Start with people you know. It’s much easier to get kangaroo work with those who already know and trust you, so it’s worth asking friends and family first. Then you can ask them for a brilliant reference to get the ball rolling!
- Join online communities. Add childcare to your LinkedIn profile, as this will make it easier to find. Also, try joining childcare groups for your Facebook area.
- Obtaining a DBS cheque can make finding a job much easier in a new city, but keep in mind that it can take time to process and improved cheques can cost money (£26+).
- Join an agency. It can be difficult to be accepted by an agency if you do not have previous childcare experience. However, an American agency called Student Nannies was recently launched in the UK, and they focus on connecting families with university students. Part of the agreement is that parents also offer career guidance and contribute to helping nannies prepare for the world of work.
How much should I charge for childcare?
While childcare will generally pay quite well, there are always ways to improve your play to earn a little more money.
Payment can be a bit grey when it comes to childcare, as it depends on your zip code (it would charge more in London than in the Midlands, for example), your experience and the responsibilities involved in your role.
Are you preparing meals, helping with homework and cleaning the house, or just relaxing and playing with the children? Your hourly rate should reflect what is expected of you.
Childcare.co.uk lists the typical childcare rate between £6 – £8 per hour but says that in some areas, such as London, the current rate is more like £11 per hour. As such, the best option would be to do some research on your own and decide your hourly rate.