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?
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.
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:
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
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.