If you are not ready to entrust your child to organised childcare yet, but still need occasional help with childcare, babysitters can help. Babysitting allows children to be cared for in a familiar environment and on a one-to-one basis.


It is important to make sure the same babysitter always babysits the child, as this helps to foster trust between everyone involved.

If you need a babysitter on a regular basis, you may wish to consider grandmas-for-hire/grandpas-for hire.

Babysitters usually meet the definition of marginally employed persons (→ USP) and can be paid using the online "Service Cheque" (DLS).

Under Austrian law, the DLS system can be used to pay, register and insure employees for work carried out in private households, provided the remuneration paid by the employer does not exceed the low income threshold.

For full details about the "Service Cheque (DLS) system and working in private households" go to

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Last update: 1 January 2023

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