Do You Need a Nanny Contract?

The benefits of having an official employment agreement with your nanny.

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We all hate paperwork. And a nanny contract might sound like just one more thing to write and file. Plus, if you've got a good nanny-family relationship going, you're understandably reluctant to rock the boat. Many families are afraid a formal contract will tarnish the relationship they're trying to build with their nanny. But taking the time to draft and sign a contract can protect both parties, whether you're the family hiring household help or the nanny.

Find out more about why you need a contract and what to include by watching the video and reading the advice below.

Why Do I Need a Nanny Contract?
"The contract is essential for clarifying [salary] matters and detailing all the conditions necessary to ensure a healthy and productive work relationship," says Priscilla Gonzalez, director of Domestic Workers United (DWU), an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers in New York.

When everyone is clear on a nanny's responsibilities and privileges, it reduces confusion and makes disputes easier to solve amicably when they do crop up. A too-informal work arrangement is more likely to hurt you both in the long-term than one where everything is ironed out and made official from the get-go.

What Should I Include in a Nanny Contract?
You can also write out your own nanny contract. It can be a simple document with direct wording where you mention all the details you agree to. The more specifics you add, the better. Just be sure to consider and include the following items.

And for more specifics, check out our Sample Nanny Contract

  1. Duties and Responsibilities

    • Work hours and schedule: Will your nanny live-in or out? Will she work full or part-time hours, on weekends or weekdays? What will her hours be? When can she take breaks during the workday? What happens if you have to come home late?
    • Responsibilities: What are the nanny's child care responsibilities? In addition to caring for the kids, will she handle any cooking, cleaning, laundry, pet care or transportation? Make sure this list notes all daily duties, as well as any recurring but less frequent obligations and emergency plans (like what to do on snow days or when a child is ill).
    • Nanny privileges: When can she use her cell phone, the house phone and any house computers/Internet? Can she invite guests over?
    • Meals: Should your nanny bring her lunch from home or will you provide her meals and snacks? What if you come home past dinnertime?
    • Activities: What types of activities can the nanny do with your child? What is not allowed? What memberships does the family have? What will you pay for? Will you give her a weekly activity allowance or reimburse her at the end of the week?
    • Communication: How and when will you expect the nanny to communicate with you during the day? Settle on a combination of the 9 Ways to Keep in Touch with Your Nanny
  2. Compensation and Benefits

    • Pay: What is your nanny's rate of pay for days, nights, weekends and holidays? (Most nannies are paid on an hourly basis.) Make sure you're paying your caregiver at least the minimum wage »
    • Frequency of pay: When will you pay your nanny? Weekly, bi-weekly?
    • Overtime: Household employees are generally considered "non-exempt," which means they're entitled to time-and-a-half for working over 40 hours over the course of seven days. How will you handle overtime? Note: Most states don't require you to pay live-in nannies overtime, but a few (such as Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New York) have specific overtime laws. Learn more about nanny overtime.
    • Benefits: What benefits are covered, including vacation, sick days, personal days, paid holidays (specify which holidays)? Mention any restrictions on when your nanny can take her time off. How much notice does she need to give you and should it be in person or can it be via text message or email?
    • Family vacations: Will your nanny accompany with you on family vacations? Will she be paid while you're away? Read about: Should You Bring Your Nanny on Vacation?
    • Health and insurance: What health benefits and nanny insurance will you cover?
    • Taxes: When you hire a nanny, you need to pay employment taxes. Use our nanny tax calculator to figure out how much is involved and then learn How to Get Started Creating a Nanny Payroll Account
    • Reviews: Schedule an annual employment review to talk about how things are going and reassess compensation, benefits and the contract.
  3. Transportation

    • Cars: Will she have to have her own car or will she use a family car? What are acceptable uses for a family car? Get tips on Handling the Car Situation with Your Nanny
    • Driver's license: Does the nanny have to maintain a valid license?
    • Insurance: If she's using her own car for work purposes, what is the appropriate type and amount of automobile insurance she needs to have? If she'll be using your car, will you add her to your family policy?
    • Gas: Will you reimburse her for gas mileage when she uses the family car or her car for work-related purposes? How much and how will you pay it? What about wear and tear on her car?
    • Maintenance: How often does she have to bring her car in for servicing to make sure it's reliable? Who is responsible for maintaining the family car?
    • Public transportation: If you rely on public transportation in your area, what's allowed? What are the rules for taking kids on subways, trains and buses?
    • Cell phone: What's allowed? Talk about your rules about talking and texting on the cell phone while driving in a car with kids.
    • Seatbelts and car seats: Does every child have to wear a seat belt? Who will provide car seats?
  4. Discretion and Confidentiality

    • Information: Personal, medical, career and financial information of family will not be discussed outside of the family
    • Social media: Can the nanny mention the family in any type of social media? Can she post pictures of your kids? Mention them anonymously? What's allowed? What about disparaging comments? Check out the 9 Social Media Rules Your Nanny Should Follow
  5. Notice and Severance
    There is some debate about whether your contract needs to address notice and severance. Here are a couple of options to consider:

    • An "at will" contract: This means that either party can end the work arrangement at any time. "At-will employment gives both parties an out clause," says Stephanie Breedlove, VP of Care.com HomePay. "If the family feels the nanny has done something out of line, they can terminate immediately.Likewise, the nanny can easily escape a relationship she feels is abusive or exploitative."
    • Severance: Again, Breedlove notes that severance is not required by law and situations may arise where you'll wish you didn't make that promise. But if you have to let your employee go and she's done a great job, it's common for employers to provide a few weeks of severance pay for the nanny to help her financially while she looks for a new job.

Are Nanny Contracts Legal?
"Yes, it's a legally binding document," notes Breedlove. "A court will accept a written agreement between you and your nanny. If there is ever a dispute, it protects both parties."

So if your nanny quits without giving the agreed-upon four weeks' notice, or the family won't honor your request to take your accrued vacation days, the legally binding contract will enable you to take them to court -- and likely win.

Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer?
"A contract doesn't have to be drawn up by a lawyer to be binding," reveals Lisa Weinberger, a lawyer and founder of Mom, Esq.

But hiring a professional who specializes in employment issues and nanny contracts will ensure that nothing is inadvertently included or omitted. If you have a complex situation, it may make sense for you to hire one. You will probably pay around $500 for a contract from a lawyer (which you can reuse for future caregivers or caregiving jobs).

For more information and help with nanny contracts (and nanny taxes), call our HomePay experts at 888-273-3356.

What Labor Laws Do I Need to Know?
You should familiarize yourself with the Fair Labor Standards Act, so you know which federal standards you'll be obliged to comply with to ensure fair employment. While your nanny contract does not need to include passages from the FLSA, you should be aware of a few key rules and regulations as you determine work hours, wages and other details of employment.

When both the family and nanny agree on the terms of the contract, both should sign a copy and keep it for their records.

And contracts aren't just for families! Nannies should feel comfortable talking with a family about how important a contract is, and writing a sample contract if the family doesn't have one already. It helps protect both sides and makes sure everyone is on the same page.

Your Next Steps:

* The information contained in this article should not be used for any actual nanny relationship without the advice and guidance of a professional advisor who is familiar with all the relevant facts. The information contained herein is general in nature and is not intended as legal, tax or investment advice. Furthermore, the information contained herein may not be applicable to or suitable for your specific circumstances and may require consideration of other matters.

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Comments (61)
Sharon C.
My lesson is defiantly do your homework and think about e v e r y t h i n g! once you start working it is very hard to discuss these things.
Posted: April 07, 2014 at 8:50 PM
Sharon C.
I have been working with a family for the past year now and love their son very very much, however, every time the topic of vacations/money comes up we have very stressful conversations and I always seem to give in to what, according to the articles I see here, I am very much entitled to.
We agreed I would basically work 50 hours a week 8:30-18:30, but they asked that I be flexible. Foolishly I thought flexibility meant if they're running late I can stay an extra 30-60 min. but there have been times where I stayed almost 3 hours over time and not gotten payed for that time with the excuse that they asked me to be flexible and on other days they let me leave earlier. is that acceptable?
Another question I can't seem to find the answer to is what happens if they are on vacation and I specifically told them that at that time I cannot take my vacation. I agreed with them that i cannot get payed for their vacation and mine but i expect to be payed for their vacation time before they leave for it (since I'm still going to have to pay the rent when they're on their vacation...). Obviously when I'm on my vacation I don't expect to be payed again but they can they have it both ways? what am I supposed to live from for the two weeks they are on their vacation???
Posted: April 07, 2014 at 8:48 PM
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Gella R.
I start working for a new family she is always running late and she never paid me an extra time...What I can do ? Thanks for your help
Posted: February 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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Ashlei O.
Get contract in order and signed before work begins. This way if there's any issue it can be panned out it u can move onto next job. Have in contract that you will get paid before sch to become nanny.
Posted: February 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM
Member Care
Hi Jessica! If you are looking for ideas of pay ranges, we recommend using your Babysitter Calculator here: http://www.care.com/babysitting-rates
You can also check out this article: http://www.care.com/live-in-nanny-tips-p1387-q30309899.html with a bunch of tips on live in nannies!
We hope this helps!!
Posted: February 04, 2014 at 2:11 PM
Jessica Wallace
HEY LADIES LOOKING FOR LIVE IN NANNIES. want to ask a QUESTION! how much are you making weekly!!! Its just talk at the moment but I have a family that I babysit for and they might be moving to Atlanta in a few months and will need a live in nanny. Any Answers.....really appreciate any advice!!!
Posted: January 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM
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Joanne T.
Thank you so much for all the info about contracts, treatment of workers, and ways in which to handle sticky situations.
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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Dolma T.
I am nanny for long time. I have wonderful relationship with all family I worked previously till I been thru hell with one recently. I heard lot in news about nanny abuse the kids but this is just opposite I experienced family abuse nanny. Mostly family feel so happy seeing kids love there nanny this family were got so jealous that the little baby just love nanny. Each days there is new more work added and delay in pay. Then little by little breaks all contract. With lots of stress and mental pressure I quit the job. After lots of text message I sended to ask my last week pay they never answer and paid.
I have excellent references with all my employers and was also rewarded as best infant nursing aide. It was so much heart broken to tolerate disrepect and mental torture. I am now alert and believing in good karma. Its just good lesson I got and enough to get fear of
Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Roseanne F.
Be very careful...we are completely taken advantage by our nanny. Do NOT make personal/sick days avb;l immediately. Also, be sure to include clauses that state that they only get holidays/personal days paid for if they work the day before and after that day. Also, be careful with these agreements...once it is in their hands (EVEN IF IT IS NOT SIGNED!) it is very much in effect... Iow, do not have drafts of these floating around because legally you can be liable to what they state. I can't stress how important it is to be careful and protect yourself - we learned the hard way and were out $300+ due to an unscrupulous nanny.
Posted: September 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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Krista C.
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I am a a nanny of 10yrs. and started working with a new family. In the past I have always used a nanny contract. So in working with the new family I have been with (a week and 1/2) has not returned the agreement! I have followed up asking if they have questions or that I was open to having them wright one and still no contract. this has never been a issues before I am wondering what my next step could/ should be ? please help! I like the family however I don't feel respected and I don't want to be left in a bad place. what do I do?
Posted: September 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM
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Stephany H.
I wish I would have had this for my last job. The employers only wanted me to change and feed twin 2 month old girls every 3 hours!! That was not discussed in the interview or I never would have taken the job! They wouldn't even be reasonable when I told them how unhealthy this was for the girls.
Posted: August 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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Chari T.
i as a nanny have certain stipulations for my families that i need in writing as well so i always sit down together so we can go over what all of us expect from each other to come up with a contract that works for all parties.
Posted: August 09, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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Ellen H.
I think this is a wonderful idea and would work to reduce stress for both the employer and the employee. Thanks for sharing this! Will definitely request a contract for my new job.
Posted: August 08, 2013 at 8:55 PM
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Erendira M.
Hi, can any one give me an advice about this situation :
Working 40 hrs for a family, and they send me to their parents to clean their houses
Is this is right ? I still have to catch up the work I'm no able to do when those happens!
Posted: July 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM
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Darleen H.
All of these comments have been so much help. Thank you!
Posted: June 21, 2013 at 9:46 PM
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Christine R.
My advice - Get a contract! Make sure all your daily household duties in addition to child care are clearly defined including house cleaning, laundry, transportation of children & pet care. List the number of children you will be caring for and what type care you are expected to provide for each. Get the number of hours you are expected to work each week in writing. Have your HOURLY rate of pay in the contract and whether you be paid a true overtime rate for more than 40 hours. (Make sure your employer allows for sick time and vacation). Define how they want you to communicate with them. Have the family write into the contract whether they will be taking taxes out of your pay. Both you and the family (both parents) sign the contract and both of you keep a copy. Then keep a personal record of your weekly hours. ALSO Take into consideration - (step) children who may not be at the home on a full time basis, children who will soon need potty training, infants who will require less sleep and much more interaction. As the children get older or the family situation changes your contract may need to be revisited!
Posted: June 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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Norma A.
I created my nanny contract after l was not paid by two families.
I outline all the essentials such as rate of pay, taxes, overtime, work week schedule, the nanny's responsibilities, sick leave, mileage, severance, and vacation etc.
This contract can be open to adjustment where all parties are happy.
This has worked for me and the families especially as it gives all parties security.
Norma A
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 6:11 PM
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Annie N.
I guess if I would have had a contract for the last job, the parent would not have stiffed me with my pay! And I still have not received it and he is ignoring my calls!
Posted: May 25, 2013 at 8:10 AM
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Annie N.
I agree with a contract. How do I prepare this contract? Do I generate it or the employee?
Posted: May 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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Christina M.
OK I have been a Nanny for almost 10 years, I've learned a lot. A contract is a must in my opinion. Not only for legal purposes but to make sure the nanny and parents are on the same page with expectations. I have one written but I learned even more in this article how to improve it.
In regards to contract or agreement , I believe it best to bring up at the interview (at the appropriate time of course) is best so everyone is on the same page from the get go and there are no surprises post interview.
Communication is critical with these type of work/family relationships.
Thank you for this article it was very helpful, we can all learn from each other as well!
Posted: May 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM
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Diana P.
To Sandra
The family you care for now, wants you to do a share job... Depending on what you are being paid for 1 child (also the age) can determine what to charge for 2. Some nannies have a flat fee per family others charge by # of children in care. Ask your current family what they think would be fair to charge the other family. Or you can charge 1 1/2 of what you get paid with 1 child. Example: 1 child 10.00 an hour. 2 children 15.00 an hour... Hope this helps?
Posted: May 04, 2013 at 3:21 PM
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Diana P.
Since I was a Family child care provider first, having a Nanny contract made more sense to me then not having one. When I've gone for my job interview, I always bring a sample contract just in case the family isn't aware of it. Its a great tool to use as it says it all. I have only been a nanny to 2 families so far, and both have used my sample contract to make one up for me.
Posted: May 04, 2013 at 3:16 PM
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Sandra R.
I am a Nanny for one child fulltime,and my employer just ask me if for the summer I could take care of two little boys including her child. I don't mind doing that,but I wouldn't know how much to charge her friend for this service. It will also be fulltime should I charge her the same as what my employer is paying me for her child? I do want to help her out Plus I would be making extra money for the summer. Please help . Sandra
Posted: April 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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Meriah W.
I've had a contract since my first nanny position. This article could not be more correct in that the more discussion and clarity the better, the quality of the contract was the defining difference for me.
A comment to any other prospective nannies reading this, being willing and proactive about a nanny contract to the family is almost always a point in your favor!
Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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Tabitha W.
Contracts are great for both parties involved.
Posted: April 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM
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Jessica W.
I am a professional nanny, and after getting screwed over by one family because their was no contract I had a very basic one with my next family, and it saved me when I was caught in the middle of family drama. This helped so much, there is so much more I should have and expect. This will make the next one go so much smother, and everyone feels protected.
Posted: April 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM
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Ivy Rose P.
next time I will definitely have written contract!!!! Thanks for sharing the ideas, it's very helpful.
Posted: April 03, 2013 at 2:10 AM
Joanna B.
Hi Lucinda E

Have you considered working for your states aging and people with disabilities office. I currently am working with them and if I can get my hours up to 80 a month for 3 consecutive months I can get benefits. I also have workmans compensation and my taxes are taken out of my paycheck. It gives you time to train for your nursing degree also because you can set the hours you work. You don't have to work as a live in if you don't want to but it does pay better.
Posted: March 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM
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Lucinda E.
In reading your contract about nannies, I realized that I was getting jipped. I took $10 per hour from a family only to be paid $10 per hour. Now I have to account for that as an independent contractor setting aside my own taxes and keeping logs. They are scott free not having to keep up with the taxes. Also, they liked me so much that they want me to be a "Live In" at $1200 per month. They are expecting round the clock care for an elderly woman who is frail. As I am considering this position, I am realizing that it is going to be complicated for me to get away to my college classes and church. I am left wondering if it would be a problem for them if I am doing my homework. (I am taking classes to become a nurse.) These seem to be sweet little old ladies, and yet it seems they want too much. Their caregiver quit but they had a contract so she has to stay the agreed upon time before she can leave and they are wanting me to fill her position once she does.

--Confused in Dallas
Posted: March 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM
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Kirsi N.
Great Idea, It clears the air of any misunderstanding and confusion.
Posted: March 04, 2013 at 8:56 PM
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Katelyn T.
any advice on how to set up the Health Benefits for a nanny? I was interested in this and wasn't sure how it worked
Posted: February 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM
Member Care.
Hi Alison F!

That's a great question and we are currently in the works of posting an article about this exact topic. If your nanny is "on call" for you and your kids, you would need to pay her. While you might not be asking her to run errands, she doesn t have complete freedom. What if your daughter gets sick during school and has to leave early? Your nanny has to be there to step in. But whether you keep her on call is up for debate. Some people need their nanny "on call" for sick days, school vacations, summer vacations and certain holidays when school has off but the parents don't. So these parents can't have the nanny take a second job and not be available. In order for parents to make it work financially, some ask the nanny to help out around the house or with errands between drop off and pick up. Is this something you could consider? Your nanny might do grocery shopping, make meals and freeze them, do some laundry, organizing, research activities, etc. However, some families work out deals where they "loan" their nanny out to other families during the school hours. But this can get tricky and might start to make your nanny feel less like a person, so you would want to be very delicate and make sure your nanny has a say in who she works with, etc. This is something you should discuss with your nanny and make sure everyone is on the same page. Then make it a part of your nanny contract.
Posted: February 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM
Allison F.
We just hired a daytime nanny for our daughter with special needs. She attends a special school program during the day, giving the nanny about 3.5 hours off. We're not asking her to run errands for us or do housecleaning; it's time for herself. Are we obligated to pay her for that time? We are paying her by the hour. Thanks!
Posted: February 13, 2013 at 5:45 AM
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Susan J.
I certainly wish there had been a contract between me and the parents who hired me for everyone's sake, especially the child who had bonded with me and is left to wonder why I am no longer there. The parents had said they didn't want me to keep him at my house, but I never dreamed they'd fire me because I took him by my home for a couple MINUTES so I could get something I needed. I had given them an open invitation to see inside my home but they didn't feel the need to accept. If I were hiring a nanny, I'd WANT to see her home. Also, I wasn't given any guarantee of hours per week, so I was basically on call for 60 hours and only worked about 18. The parents worked in the medical field, so I was often notified in the middle of the night to come to work. Another thing is that the father got a little upset because I bought the child a HiC drink at a fast food restaurant. I had concluded it was the most nutritious drink available, but the father said I should have ordered water. I appreciated the fact that they were very protective, but having a contract listing the things the child was allowed to have and do would have saved him the heartache of losing a nanny he really loved.
Posted: February 09, 2013 at 6:53 PM
Dr. Yureeda Q.
After our nanny sent me a text message that she would no longer look after my baby (without any explanation) while I was out of town for a conference, I decided that was it- next time around, a stringent contract was the only way to go. We did so much for her, and this is how she behaved.

Thanks for all the guidelines, it has been a useful read.
Posted: January 28, 2013 at 1:07 PM
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Lisa E.
Do not ever feel like you are asking to much as a nanny/ sitter if you are requesting a contract. I started as a live-in nanny 2 years ago and it has been one "misunderstanding" after another. My boss has taken full advantage of the situation over time and insists that he made my duties clear at the time of hire, and i agree with him 100%. But over the last couple years my duties have become more and more unclear. He has added so many more responsibilities and has left 95% of the parenting responsibilities up to me now. I find myself needing to leave the household because it has become unbearable but the child is such a big part of my life that i keep procrastinating my departure from the home and her life.

- Also on a side note, make sure that if the head of the household pays you cash, you get a reciept of payment as well. If your boss does not provide this, then provide your own and ask them to sign it.
Posted: January 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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Eve B.
I am typing up a contract for our new part-time nanny right now, and I also plan to include a clause about not posting pictures of my children on Facebook or any other website without my permission.
Posted: January 08, 2013 at 2:53 PM
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Lynn C.
A contract will help both parties set the right expectations and offset future misunderstandings. As someone looking to hire a nanny, I have no qualms about them bringing a contract, as long as the end result is something to which we both mutually agree.

I've read all of these comments and see a lot of people complaining about their "rights" as a nanny. I personally think it depends on how you are employed. If you are a full time nanny, then you should be entitled to some paid holidays and paid vacation. If you are a part time nanny, the same way if you were a part time worker elsewhere, you would not get paid time off or paid vacation (though we plan to pay our part timer for holidays, just to be nice). Both parties employer or nanny/babysitter - should give sufficient notice when terminating or cancelling an engagement; that's just common courtesy. To do otherwise is to burn bridges! These are reasonable expectations of both sides, all of which could be addressed up front in a contract. Great article, and enlightening comments!
Posted: December 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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Livia D.
As a nanny working part time for more then one family I feel it is important for me to have some guidelines. I am committing to a certain number of hours in a week from all the families I work with to make up a full time week. If for some reason they are going out of town should they not be responsible to pay me for my time if we are unable to reschedule it? In some cases with a full time schedule it is difficult to make up the hours during the week. I on occasion will agree to weekend work however I try to reserve that time for other Nanny/Sitter work that I do for occasional sitting for other clients and often times that is booked in advance. As an employer how do you handle this? If your child were in day care and they were sick or you went on vacation you would still pay the same dollars regardless of how many hours the child was in day care that week. I am interested in some views on this because I want to do what is fair. I had one family agree to pay me based on the hours we agreed upon if they had to cancel a scheduled day. They also agree to give me a 3 week advance notice if they decided to change my hours originally agreed upon. Thanks.
Posted: October 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM
Patti V.
although i am looking for a nanny to assist me on a one time basis for a trip, i am so thankful to have found this site and the contract information. it makes it easier to layout the expectations of both parties and, hopefully, provide a great experience for all. this is the first time i am going to look for a nanny and i have been really concerned about how to go about it, where to look, how to make sure the person was safe, etc.. i am disabled but still want to give my child opportunities to travel and experience the world. it is hard to keep up with an excited child in new environments and now i feel i will be able to do this with my child by using these guidelines.
Posted: September 02, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Bobbie J.
Bobbie J.
I'm a mom and a Grandma looking to change jobs. I have worked at the Cambridge school with special needs children and a para, also I have worked at a local daycare. Just ready to get back into helping parent's that have jobs. I miss working with children and enjoy children a lot. I'm in the process of getting a daycare license. I would love to take care of your children.
Posted: August 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Dora B.
i love to sitting all kids from babys to 6yrold i am 62yr.old grand mother of 5 grand kids 3grand grand kids i love all ages of kids i feel like i am right for the job to be baby sitting i have a lot of love forthere hopi the one call me for ajob
Posted: August 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM
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Rebecca R.
I wish this article had been available BEFORE my last job. The family I worked for violated nearly every part of the drafted contract, even failed to provide a final copy which included days I worked but should not have because I did not know about them. ( days one parent was off as a school holiday) It's a shame this is just now coming to light about how we as caregivers are being treated.
Posted: August 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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Kristen O.
I would like more info on where to look for sample daily logs, sample emergency contact lists and sample Nanny contracts that I can print. They would be really helpful to take with me when meeting with a new Family.
Posted: August 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Annemarie P.
I am a nanny and worked with a family for almost 5 years the lady decided to stay home and gave me one month notice and one week pay plus 400.00 i will never worked again without a contract.
Posted: July 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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Tiffanie W.
Is is ok for a nanny to provide his/or own contract? I have stipulations and rules as well as for as what I'm looking for in a family. I've worked with many families, and haven't had much sucess in finding the perfect fit. I've had families to cancel childcare services less than 24 hours. Should I still expect to be paid if a family cancels on me on short notice? If a family had their children in a daycare facility, they would be required to pay the full amount, no matter if they didn't bring their child? Can anybody answer my questions? Shouldn't a nanny have certain expectations for the family they work for?
Posted: June 07, 2012 at 9:04 AM
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Jennifer P.
I have a portfolio ready to go when meeting with new families, I take my resume, copies of ID, social, passport, CPR/First Aid cards, etc. I also include my certificates from my child development classes, a sample nanny contract as well as a blank contract, a sample daily log, a sample emergency contact list for parent's to fill out and a list of questions to ask the parents. It helps, especially since first time parent's may not realize the importance of having a contract.
Posted: May 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM
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Hellen L.
very helpful article. thanks.
Posted: May 16, 2012 at 3:27 AM
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Rocelia G.
As a Home Daycare provider I let my clients know at the time I interview with them thatI have a contract to acts as reminder of our business arrangements, they loved it because if they couldn't remember some information we discussed they can refer back to the contract. I also have my parents provide immunization records and allergies inside, the contract. I have them sign and date it also. And Emergency Contact with at least 5 steps procedures in case a parent cannot be reached. Having a contract is very professional and helps parents and Nannies know what to expect while working together as a team.
Posted: April 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Amy H.
In response to Carmen B., families employing Domestic Workers (nannies, housekeepers, etc.) should be run through payroll. You will know that you are being paid through a payroll because you will receive a paycheck with taxes withheld just as if you were paid in a normal employment scenario. With that being said, the employer has to match your SS and medical as well as pay into your states unemployment fund. They will also be required to have Workers Comp insurance. A lot of times Domestic Workers and families agree to work/pay under the table and when that is agreed upon, neither one of you has any employee/employer rights.
Posted: April 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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Carmen B.
This is so helpful. Working as a babysitter for so many years taught me that many parents do not have knowledge about the laws and employment benefits for nannys or babysitters.

Are they legally entitled to vacation days, holidays, sick days, salary raise, etc. Many parents also terminate their employees without prior notice and use the babysitter as a housekeeper, messenger and sometimes as a company to go to the children's doctor appointments.

With such a high demand on nannies nowadays because working mothers do not want to take their child to daycare centers, it is very urgent for the Government to get involved in this area of work because if not, it will get out of control on both sides nanny/parents.

There always has to be a way of supervising the parents as well as the nanny. Who is paying social security or medicare for the employees? Is this money taxable? If the nanny has an accident during the job, is she entitled to work compensation, is she entitled to sick leave? So many areas uncovered.

I think it is time for the Employment Commission to do something about this new trend that is arising so fast.
Posted: March 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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Shura M.
REALLY GREAT IN FORMATION TO HAVE. I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT CONTRACTS, BUT MORE CLARITY IS DEFINITELY BETTER THAN LESS.
Posted: March 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM
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Jan R.
I am looking for a specific nanny work agreement that pertains to California....Is there one?
Posted: February 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM
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Patricia K.
I have had a contract in a previous nanny position, and it insured smooth understanding for both the family and myself.I never felt that I was treated disrespectfully, and I still babysit for them whenever I get the opportunity. I am currently working as a nanny for a family who has presented me with an "agreement". Needless to say, they have broken every facet of it. The past two months have been a nightmare and I am back to trying to interview for another position. Will I give the family notice before I leave. NO. If they can break the agreement at will, why should I give them the courtesy of giving them notice? I have had no notice about "flexible" pay( even though a salary was agreed upon), longer hours with no additional compensation, and no hot water in the kitchen. Every morning I walk in and the bottles the baby has used are lined up in the counter- with the rest of the family dishes. I was not informed I would be doing the family dishes- in water I heat on the stove for the wash water!I have put almost 400 miles on my car in the last two months hauling this kid to "jumpy,jumpy". I have had it. I am leaving them with no notice. I don't owe them a thing.
Posted: January 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM
Larissa C.
I also am ananny that has used a contract , I and my employers draft one together, But your contract covers things that I never thought of. I never thought i was entitled to insurance paid by them. I will think deeply about what to cover in my next contract as result of reading yours.
Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:07 PM
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Elise H.
I do not use a nanny, but a day time sitter. I for one have learned my lesson when I was sent a text message telling me she couldn't watch my kids anymore, with no explanation. I will use a contract from now on.
Posted: November 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM
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Tari Klein

I also am ananny that has used a contract , I and my employers draft one together, But your contract covers things that I never thought of. I never thought i was entitled to insurance paid by them. I will think deeply about what to cover in my next contract as result of reading yours.
Posted: October 28, 2011 at 9:03 AM
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Lani G.
A nanny contract can benefit both a family and nanny in so many ways. It helps with grey areas and makes rules, procedures and expectations very clear. When I started in this field, I made my own contract and would show the family during my interview. I told them to look over it and we could discuss any changes that they felt needed to be made. Not only makes you look organized and professional but helps them understand your needs too.
Posted: September 01, 2011 at 3:54 PM
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Terera G.
I especially like the "Schedule for annual employment review and reassessment of compensation". I more of a sitter than a nanny but this issue has come up before in my position as well. There are many families I have sat for with great frequency and for many years without an increase in compensation despite additions to thier household, increase in the price of gas and/or the fact that they may have moved more miles away. In my opinion it is a sticky situation when you enjoy the family you sit for but no discussion upon interviewing was brought up about increase in compensation a year or more later. It almost seems to forward or presumptuous to mention so early in the "babysitting" world.
Posted: August 29, 2011 at 9:52 PM
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Aerial J.
Thank you for the helpful info!
Posted: August 29, 2011 at 5:33 PM
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Angela P.
This is so helpful! I have used nannies before but have never had a contract. Now I DEFINITELY will!!
Posted: August 26, 2011 at 6:55 AM
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