UK Babysitter Rates: How Much To Pay Sitters In 2022

by | Parent Guides

Babysitter rates: Nowadays, reliable childcare has become so much harder to find for parents. Whether it’s an emergency appointment, evening out, or just needing a few hours to yourself, having easy access to local babysitters and nannies can make a world of difference.

That said, many parents are unsure how much they should be paying for babysitting or even how to find local babysitters. Bubble makes finding sitters incredibly easy and reliably on-demand by allowing you to chat with babysitters in advance, view how much they charge, and even handle payments through the app.

With thousands of sitters at parents’ fingertips, figuring out how much a babysitter costs and making sure they fit in with your family can take less time (and stress). We’ve compiled a list of average babysitting rates across the UK, based on which city you live in. Check them out:


Average babysitting rate per hour

London £10.50
Manchester £9
Newcastle £8.50
Nottingham £8.50
Oxford £9.50
Sheffield £8.50
Southampton £9.50
Southend £8.50
*Taken from Bubble data on UK babysitter rates – download on iOS and Android.

As the above shows, the average babysitter rate fluctuates between £8 and £10, though several other factors can also affect your sitter’s rates. Whether finding a sitter through a trusted friend or reputable app, babysitters often adjust their rates based on different factors such as experience or travel distance.

Top factors that affect babysitter rates:

  • Location. Depending on which part of the country you live in, a higher cost of living can affect your local babysitter rates. For example, babysitters in London charge slightly more on average (roughly £10-11) compared to those in other parts of the UK.
  • Time. When booking a babysitter over the weekend, you can expect to pay slightly more than you would if booking a sit for a weekday afternoon. That said, there are some sitters that charge less for late-night sits, given that children are more likely to be asleep.
  • Number of children. Sitters often charge more when looking after multiple children within a family. They often also vary their rates depending on how old the children are. We recommend asking individual sitters directly for more clarity on how they structure their rates.
  • Sitter experience level. Experienced nannies typically charge more than casual or part-time sitters. If you’re looking for a babysitter or nanny with a specific skillset (such as maternity nurses or those with newborn experience) you can expect they will charge more than a student babysitting for part-time work.
  • Time of sit. Often with late-night sits, parents tend to pay their babysitters more once the sit goes past midnight as a courtesy. On the Bubble app, parents can quickly add a tip when paying for the sit, and they often do add a few extra pounds to say thanks to their sitter for staying so late. It’s not an expectation from all babysitters though, especially if they’ve been told in advance that the sit would finish late. It’s more of a tip than an expectation.
  • Transportation home. Most sitters make their own way to the sit, but often parents help to pay for a taxi home if sitters can’t drive and the sit ends later than 10 pm. So it’s worth considering how nearby your sitter lives and whether they need a ride at the end of the night. On the Bubble app, parents can see if sitters have their own vehicles or if they need a lift back home.  Again, we recommend discussing this with the sitter before the sit takes place to avoid any misunderstandings.
  • Extra household tasks. While some sitters are happy to help with domestic tasks such as ironing, cooking, or cleaning, this varies greatly on a case-by-case basis. The best thing to do is be upfront with sitter candidates and ask directly what they would be comfortable helping out with. Using Bubble, you can either schedule a in-person or virtual pre-sit interview, or simply start a conversations with your top sitter candidates via direct message.

What’s the average rate of a London babysitter?

Not surprisingly, the average babysitter rate in London is slightly higher than the rest of the UK and can even vary by borough. The average rate for a London sitter is around £10.50, but in more central locations, sitters may charge extra.

Finding the best sitter rates

The Bubble app connects parents with verified babysitters and nannies nearby, displaying their rates and availability. Parents can measure sits to the minute, meaning you only pay for the exact time spent on the sit – no more rounding up! Babysitters also set their own rates, so you can browse and book depending on whatever pricepoint you feel comfortable with. Unlike with agencies, we never charge parents any finders’ fees, and as a parent you can choose to either pay a one-off sit booking fee, or subscribe to save with zero booking or cancellation fees. Download the app for free on iOS and Android to find amazing, affordable sitters near you.

Settling up: a more reliable payment method

Whatever rate you decide on, most parents can agree that the post-sit handing over of cash can be a bit awkward at times. If you’re out slightly later than expected or don’t have the right change, you may end up paying the sitter more than expected. This is one of the reasons that parents love using Bubble to find a Babysitter. Cash-less payments streamline the end of a sit, so you can settle up without fumbling around for change. Given that the app calculates the exact length of the sit, parents only pay for the actual amount of time a sitter was there for. Many parents opt to tip their babysitter, but this is entirely up to you.

Download the Bubble app on iOS or Android today, and join thousands of other parents finding the better way to do childcare.