Childminders - what should I expect?

by Claudia
(Sotogrande)

Hello,

I am now in the process of getting my 5 year old child into public school. I have however, and as I work until 6 pm, to find a childminder to pick her up from school every week day, take her home and stay with her for about 4 hours. Do you have any idea of what I should expect to pay for this daily 4 hours? Also, what qualifications should I ask for? It is the first time I need this kind of helper so I hav no idea whatsoever. Thank you for your answers. Claudia

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May 15, 2014
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Advice on childcare
by: Anonymous

Hello, my name is Gemma and I run a nanny agency, Find a Babysitter Spain. We operate from Marbella to Gibraltar and have lots of experienced staff.
I can advise you that on a long term contract you would expect to pay €8-€12 per hour for a fully experienced, police checked and in some cases qualified childcarer.
All our nannies have their own transport and have all been police checked, they are native English speaking and many are also trained teachers/tutors. If you require any further assistance I would be very happy to send you details of some of our carers. My email is findababysitterspain@gmail.com.
Good luck,
Gemma

May 15, 2014
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Advice on childcare
by: Anonymous

Hello, my name is Gemma and I run a nanny agency, Find a Babysitter Spain. We operate from Marbella to Gibraltar and have lots of experienced staff.
I can advise you that on a long term contract you would expect to pay €8-€12 per hour for a fully experienced, police checked and in some cases qualified childcarer.
All our nannies have their own transport and have all been police checked, they are native English speaking and many are also trained teachers/tutors. If you require any further assistance I would be very happy to send you details of some of our carers. My email is findababysitterspain@gmail.com.
Good luck,
Gemma

Jan 08, 2013
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Chilcare
by: Anonymous

Ms Claudia, I have just read your comment and wondered if you have solved your problem. I;ll be glad to work for you and take care of your child. If you'd like to contact me, my name is Paola: pavlinka1975@hotmail.com I have references. Thank you for your time

Apr 20, 2012
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after school activities
by: Zora

Where are you located? Many villages and towns have a polideportivo (community sports center) that offer after school activities at really reasonable prices. Maybe you can ask someone to just move your child from school to the polideportivo at a fraction of the cost (or free if it's a friend) of a childminder?

Apr 18, 2012
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you Zora and Kate for your replies.
The first thing they said when I went to the school is that they did not have comedor. So, its until 2pm, period.
I am finding a bit difficult to deal with this because as a working family I find there are few after school options available (besides hiring a person).
From where I am from there are plenty of options but here, I am finding it a bit hard to get things sorted.

Apr 18, 2012
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After school clubs?
by: Kate

My daughter is in public school and I pick her up at 2, but I understand that kids can stay for comedor and after school activities. I'm sure there is cover until about 6.30 at our school. If you are legally employed, there may also be government assistance with the cost. It may be worth enquiring?

Apr 18, 2012
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paying a childminder
by: Zora

The going rate for housekeeping in Marbella is anywhere between 6 and 10 euro, which can depend if you are just using someone as a "one off" for a few hours or are paying a monthly salary for a full time job. I expect a childminder to charge about the same rates as a housekeeper, but I could be wrong.

I have a housekeeper who comes 5 times a week for 4 hours a day and I pay her 500 euro per month (6.25 euro per hour). I am very flexible if she gets sick or needs to go to a doctor's appointment. I don't deduct anything from her salary, however we agree that if I ever need childminding, she will "recuperate" her hours this way. We don't go out very much, so it all ends up in her favor, but I don't mind. She is terrific.

When hiring anyone to take care of your children, I would definitely ask for references and follow up on them. If you are hiring someone full time on a regular basis, talk about what happens during vacations, sick days, etc. This will come up one time or another, so it's best to be clear on what to expect...whether you pay for these days or not. Also, ask if your childminder has basic child safety skills. What would she do in case of emergencies.

I hope this helps.

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