Once you’ve chosen your nanny, it is advisable to create, present, and agree to a specific work agreement that outlines the terms of employment. The work agreement needs to be written and signed before your nanny actually starts the job. A work agreement is a key to protecting yourself, protecting your nanny, and providing clear expectations of the nanny’s rights and responsibilities. Be sure that your agreement includes:
You’ll also need to fill out paperwork so that your nanny is able to take your children to the doctor, pick them up from school, and otherwise perform duties you normally would handle.
At the end of the day, when you think about it, a nanny really isn’t any different from any other type of worker you might engage, whether it be an interior decorator, a personal trainer, or even a salesperson. A work agreement with a nanny makes good sense and helps guard against misunderstandings. It will help set the parameters of what is expected on each side and protect both the family and the caregiver(s) in case of conflicts that arise. Be sure to consider these elements and discuss them with your family as well as your selected candidate.