Most expatriates will hire local domestic workers to help with babysitting and childcare. Hired women often provide a number of services in addition to child minding such as doing chores and cooking. Experience is preferred, but the childcare workers do not have to have children themselves. Child-minders must be registered and certified, but babysitters do no have to be.
Most childcare workers are Hungarian and are found through expat word-of-mouth and recommendations. Many expats find childcare workers through their embassy's newsletter or online forums.
If you are looking for a babysitter, the following tips can help facilitate the process:
Prices can range depending on the experience of the childcare giver and their duties. The best way to determine a price is to discuss it with the childcare giver and pick a price that works best for the both of you. Most are paid by hour.
Nurseries, kindergartens, and private childcare are the options available in Budapest. State-run nurseries are free of cost and most do not accept children until 2 or 3 years old depending on the nursery. This is because maternity leave in Hungary can last up to 3 years.
State, church, and foundation run kindergartens are free for children from 3 to 6 years old. Hiring a child-minder is another option for childcare but they must be registered and certified.
Babysitter's are generally employed for temporary work. Often a friend or relative is chosen to look after the children. Some child-minders also offer to babysit after hours.
Most families find a babysitter by word-of-mouth and letting friends and family know they are looking for one.
For more frequent childcare, you may consider an au pair. Consult the section on "Au Pair" under "Find a Job".