As with any other type of domestic help, it is important to remember that you cannot employ anyone, even on a part-time, temporary basis, if they are under someone else’s sponsorship. You may be faced with very large fines and the repercussions for the person you employ and his/her sponsor can be even more severe. For this reason, if you need a baby-sitter, you should go to one of the agencies that provides domestic staff. You should make sure that you inform the company that you want someone who has experience in babysitting and let them know how many children you have and how old they are. Charges typically start at AED 40 per hour for babysitting, depending on the agency and the time of day.
Domestic help agencies include:
- Helpers – Tel: 04 395 6166
- Home Help – Tel: 04 355 5100
- Maids Dubai – http://www.maidsdubai.com
- Maids.ae – Tel: 04 339 4151 – http://www.maids.ae
- Ready Maids – Tel: 04 339 5722
In reality, many people use neighbors, friends, playdates and sleepovers as babysitting solutions. These arrangements will usually be reciprocal. You have the advantage of knowing who will be looking after your child and your children may feel more comfortable with someone they know.