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Nanny contract

If you just found a nanny who’s a great fit, or you are a nanny or a senior caregiver who just found the perfect family, before jumping in and starting working together, take a moment to align expectations. The best way is through a contract or an agreement to avoid any kind of miscommunication.

The most commonly used contract types are two: a contract between a single family and a caregiver and a shared nanny/caregiver contract. Here are the terms and high-level details that should be included in the contracts.

Contracts between families and caregivers

Here is a list of typical items to include:

  • Job duties: clearly define the responsibilities of child care, senior care, household work, and pet care.

Pro tip: Avoid vague terms like “light housekeeping” and instead list out the duties so that it is very clear.

  • Hours and pay: what are the usual hours? Is there overtime? How do you handle payments? What is the frequency of payment? 
  • Time off: the number of vacation, sick days, and/or personal days if any.
  • Transportation details: do you need your own transportation? Will they give you transportation to drop off and pick up the kids to/from activities? 
  • Termination notice period
  • Possible changes to the terms of the contract (schedule, pay rate, or duties).
  • General house rules and guidelines

Shared nanny contracts

Having a contract for a nanny job is important, but having a contract for a nanny share is much more critical. Getting all the details in writing ahead of starting employment ensures everyone aligns with expectations and can help prevent some of those difficulties from arising later. When there are multiple families involved, it is important to make sure everyone’s comfortable and clear on what they need to do. 

It’s recommended to have a separate contract with each family. Because in case one of the families doesn’t want to continue you don’t have to start another contract from scratch. 

What should be included in a nanny share contract?

Make sure (if you are going to ask for separate contracts) each one of the contracts has the following items.

  • Payment structure: in a nanny share, each parent typically pays two-thirds to three-fourths of the nanny’s standard rate (for example, if your rate is $18/hr it would be $12/hr per family). 
  • Schedule: specify the days and hours you will work for each family.
  • Guaranteed pay: discuss this with the parents in case one or both of the families don’t need you for a couple of days, you can still get your entire payment. 
  • Additional hours: if the family goes above their hours or requests additional shifts, they must pay her overtime.
  • Time off: it’s recommended that you put in your contract that you will get time off (maybe 2 weeks) at the time of your choice.
  • Sick days: nanny shares are typically based in one of the families' homes, and if the kids at the home base are sick, the other family may not want to bring their good kids over. And if the other family’s kids are sick, the home base family may not want them there. And about your sick days, make sure to discuss with the family this and put it in your contract.

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