Hiring a nanny to care for your children is a process, and every process has important steps. First, we need to decide whether a nanny will fit our needs, and we went through a decision process of nanny care versus a daycare center. Next, we need to have our nanny interview questions ready for when we meet with potential nannies.
Finally, when we select the person we wish to hire as our nanny, we need a nanny contract in place.
Why you need a Nanny Contract
An agreement or contract between the nanny and your family is meant to protect both parties and outline expectations.
A nanny contract or agreement outlines the expectations, job requirements, compensation, and schedule. Both parties review the contract to ensure everyone is on the same page.
The nanny agreement document outlines what you, the parents, require the nanny to achieve on an ongoing basis and what responsibilities this nanny will have.
What to include in a Nanny Contract
In the contract we wrote for our nanny, we included the following sections.
- Work Schedule, Compensation
- Job Responsibilities
- Training, Emergencies, Communication
- Living arrangements and household requirements
- Confidentiality, Termination, Waivers and Legal protection
If you are writing your nanny contract yourself, be sure to include these details in the sections:
- Work Schedule. Identify the expected hours and days the nanny will work, as well as discuss any specific needs outside this schedule (weekends for date night for example).
- Compensation. This contract must specify the pay, time off, and whether the family is providing health insurance and withholding taxes or whether the nanny is responsible for these items.
- Training. Is the nanny expected to have CPR training or will you provide/schedule this class?
- Job Responsibilities. This is the big one – discuss all the details about the care you expect, to include specific rules on feeding, keeping the baby on a schedule, naps, activities, and anything else that is important to your family and your child’s well-being.
- Communication. Will you have the nanny keep a log of daily activities? Will you have regular meetings at the end of the day or week to go over any issues and plans? Include these details in the contract.
- Emergencies. Include the protocol on who to contact if the child is sick or if something happens. Provide phone numbers of parents, grandparents or other guardians, and doctor’s offices.
- Living arrangements and household requirements. If you are hiring a live-in nanny, include whether you require the nanny to have a vehicle. Specify what (if any) driving will be expected. Include details on phone privileges, eating out of the fridge and pantry, and other use of your house.
- Confidentiality. You will want a confidentiality clause to keep any information the nanny will learn about your family private.
- Termination. Your contract should specify what happens upon the ending of the nanny job – whether for cause or otherwise.
- Waivers and Legal protection. Should the nanny get injured on your property, or any of the nanny’s guests, if allowed, add language to state you are not responsible.
Anything special and unique to the family will also need to be outlined and included as part of the expectations and responsibilities.
Use our Nanny Contract Template
We developed our Nanny Contract when we first hired our live-in nanny (my husband is an attorney and he wrote up the language). Now we are offering this contract as a template to assist others when hiring their nannies to care for their little ones.
This Nanny Contract Template is in a zip file. The document inside is a .docx format Microsoft Word file to allow easy editing as needed for your family’s specific requirements.