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nannyof3
nannyof3 asks:
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Has anyone used a contract when hiring a nanny

Sometimes expectations and assumptions can get deep into the gray area between a nanny and her employers and lead to resentment on either side. I've heard of using a contract when hiring to establish promised hours and pay and holidays and such, has anyone done this, what does it involve?
In Topics: Child care
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lofran
lofran , Teacher writes:
Hi Nannyof3,

I would definitely recommend having a nanny contract to establish boundaries, expectations and responsibilities for both the nanny and the parent. Caring for children is serious business and whether I were a parent or a nanny, I would definitely want to be explicit about the job. I assume nanny agencies take care of this, but for independent nannies not associated with an agency, I would recommend reading the following articles and using them as a guide if you choose to create your own contract.

http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Nannies/

http://www.4nannytaxes.com/NEWS/nanny-contract-agreement.cfm

http://www.absolutelynannies.com/NannyContract.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_13089_write-contract-nanny.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_5088527_create-nanny-contract.html

In addition, I sent a note out to a friend who's currently on vacation, but has had a lot of recent experience with nannies. If I hear back from her, I will share her experience with you.

Thanks for submitting your question and best of luck!
Lori
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lofran
lofran , Teacher writes:
Here's another link I found about nanny and parent expectations and recommendations, when traveling that you might find helpful. It's from the New York Times.

http://travel2.nytimes.com/2005/09/18/business/yourmoney/18nanny.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1
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susieparker1972
susieparker... writes:
It's definitely a good idea to have a written contract -- it can prevent problems down the road, and it can also make sure that you and your nanny address issues that you might not have thought of (e.g., confidentiality, travel reimbursement, etc.).  Another good resource is:

http://www.mynannycontract.com/nanny-contract/
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Wayne Yankus
Wayne Yankus writes:
I would also pay attention to the health of your nanny and make the contract state that they be immunized, healthy, tuberculosis free.  As part of the contract, require a medical statement from their agency or physician.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
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jkay90
jkay90 writes:
I did. A nanny contract involves clearly outlined duties of a nanny, overtime parameters, evaluation and salary review scheduling, providing a reference source, petty cash and reimbursement policies, clarifying mutual expectations, benefit package establishment, emergency procedures and more.
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