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Nanny contract advice

Hi there - about to hire our first nanny for our four month old daughter and just putting together the contract. Is there anything you wish you had included/discussed up front? Any other advice on how to start this relationship off on the right foot? Thanks in advance!

  • Jenn
    Jul 01

    As a former nanny, I'd suggest you very clearly state the nanny's duties especially if you want her to do more than just childcare (ie family laundry, dinner prep, etc.). Also, vacation was another part that was in my contract, and it stated that 1 week of my vacation had to be concurrent with the family's.

  • Natasha
    Jul 01

    I think laying out the number of hours a Day is going to be important. I just finished helping a friend for a couple days tending her kids and ended up being a little upset because she ended up working 12 hours each of those days when the expectation was 8. Also I would put in the contract that there may be times that she will need to work “overtime” and have that additional extra overtime pay laid out and stated so she knows what to expect for those situations. Set a clear day/time when she can expect her pay whether it’s weekly/bi-weekly or monthly.

  • Natasha
    Jul 01

    Also leave yourself a “probationary” period to make sure she is a good fit for your family and that she understand’s during this time either party can walk away if they realize it’s not a good fit for your daughter.