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Nanny Contract

Yea or Nay on Nanny Contracts?

While I think parenting is the toughest full time job, I believe nannying is a close runner-up. Nannies often do what moms and dads are too tired or busy to do. When a mom finds a good one, she may very well welcome him or her into the home as another family member.

To ensure everyone is getting what they want and are financially entitled to, many families and caretakers sign a contract outlining hours, days, time off, sick days, taxes and household duties. While I love my nanny, I'm not sure I want to be locked into anything so concrete. So far, so good... knock on wood. What say you on the nanny contract: yea or nay?

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susieparker1972 susieparker1972 5 years
Definitely 'yea.' They can be a pain to work through, but it's well worth it in the long run. At the start of a nanny's employment, all the talk is about the kids. Months later, though, the 'boring' and 'routine' stuff comes into play -- like transportation issues, scheduling, overtime, etc. That's why it's best to discuss that stuff up front, before it leads to a dispute. Parents looking for a nanny contract can find plenty online, such as at or the various nanny payroll companies. You can also ask your nanny placement agency for one.
grablife365 grablife365 8 years
I would never work for a family without a contract and even further, proper taxes. I would think those would be the hardest areas to deal with if something were to go wrong. If I were to ever hire a nanny which I doubt I wouldn't hire one without a fully drafted contract. Everything in writing for the good of all involved.
dholmas dholmas 8 years
I would have a contract. It protects both parties involved. It can be so difficult and expensive to take care of your children. To find a trusted nanny is a job in itself. Once you find one you want to keep them.
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
If you are getting your nanny through a service, I think you should have a contract. But if you are being more casual about the nanny experience and you trust the person you work with, I don't think you need it. Doesn't hurt though. I don't have a contract with my nanny.
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 8 years
I'm a nanny myself and love to have a contract. The one I'm in now states things like; I have to give a months notice if I were to quit; and same goes for them. It's really great. And there are some FLAKY people out there. Nannies or Parents; so I just choose contract.
CarlyHP226685 CarlyHP226685 8 years
I love the idea. The people I nanny for are always making up excuses for why they cant pay me on time. They actually owe me about $300 right now. They cant pay for child care but they have no problem going out to eat 5 days a week and buying their 3rd car. (the last one was upwards of $45,000) hmm.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
When I nannied, I had a contract and appreciated it, everything was laid out.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Of course - it's an employee? wouldn't it benefit both parties? it's not about love or structure, it's about a fair and legal workplace, right?
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