As we have also mentioned in our domestic help secion -part-time, full-time or live-in domestic help are all available in Barcelona, with live-out cleaners and childcare the most commonly used services. While rates obviously vary, the cost of a babysitter typically runs between €7 – €12 an hour more or less.Many domestic helpers advertise locally in shops, supermarkets, telephone poles and small free papers. Word-of-mouth, though, tends to be the most common form of reference used in Barcelona. It seems that friends, friends of friends and relatives are always in the know about good babysitters or childcare, and the references are usually very, very good.Another option is the online portal, Loquo, where domestic helpers will place ads such as:”Experienced hard working young women is offering cleaning services. Ask for recommendations. Speaks English and Spanish and Czech, 9 Euro per hour”Other agencies or services (as recommended) include:Actividad Au Pair Internacional
An au pair agency based in Barcelona, with a minimum commitment of 6 months or 2-3 months in the summer.
Paseo de Gracia Nº 78 Atic 2ª
Tel: 93 215 4895 http://www.aupairinternacional.com
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAu Pair World http://www.aupairworld.net
Online worldwide search agency for au pairs
Email: email@example.comTender Loving Canguros
This agency offers services for live in and live out nannies as well as part-time babysitters. They service the Barcelona, Sitges and Girona areas. Typically, the range for nannies is €700-1000 per month (depending on your needs) and babysitting services range from €8 per hour upwards. The agency charges a finder’s fee of €15 per babysitting job, with a minimum of three hours work.
Tel:647 605 989
Get a bank account: This will be the first thing most utility providers, telecom connectors and employers will require.
Get your NIE: This is a ´foreigners number´ and will probably be the second thing that utility providers will request.
The government offers free Catalan lessons to foreigners, in order to promote this rare and unusual language, so take advantage of it.
Agents in Spain can ask for up to nine months worth of rent as a deposit, ensure you have sufficient funds to pay this.
Spain is notoriously bureaucratic, allow between three and ten times as much time as you normally would for administration tasks.
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