Don't really know where to ask this, so I'll ask it here. My neighbour has her daughter and granddaughter living with her, and they have a French au pair. My neighbour has suggested I use their au pair occasionally to babysit so I can get outside and do some property maintainance (don't know if she was hinting my garden and paddocks look a mess ). Her daughter suggested about £8 an hour was the going rate for a babysitter, but I reckoned £15-20 for a morning was not a bad payment for someone to come and watch TV at my house instead of in her room next door. The au pair lives with the neighbour, and would only have to pop through the gap in the hedge. She is a 20 year old with a french college education in childcare. Her English is poor but OH and I speak french. I would like to leave her in the house watching TV and maybe playing with my baby while I go outside and do stuff with my horse, and maybe some DIY as my house isn't finished yet. I would leave the girl with a walkie talkie so she could call me if she has a problem. The furthest away I would be would be 300m. Do you think the payment is reasonable, or too much or too little? I am interviewing her on Saturday - what should I ask her? What other things do I need to think about? I have only left my baby with my mum and my 2 best friends before, who are both experienced with babies and a lot older than 20! Am I being paranoid, or will I be OK to leave this girl in the house with my baby while I go outside? I'm only going to the bottom of the paddock at the most!