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Nanny Agreement Basics

Sometimes daycare just doesn't cut it, but before you hire a full or part time nanny to care for your child(ren), or before you agree to provide care for a family, sign a Nanny Agreement to ensure your interests are protected.

Use the Nanny Agreement document if:

  • You want to hire a Nanny to take care of your child(ren).
  • You are a Nanny about to enter into a new working relationship.

When inviting someone into your home and family, it's important to outline the relationship in writing. A Nanny Agreement allows you to communicate your wishes in terms of care and boundaries so that you prevent any uncomfortable or dangerous situations. It also protects you in the case of a disagreement.

Boundaries are also important for you if you're the person providing the care. A Nanny Agreement allows you to detail your expectations in terms of your duties, terms of payment and days off so that you head off any potential miscommunication.

If you have legal documentation needs outside of the Nanny Agreement, please check out our complete list of fully customizable service contracts.

Other names for this document: Nanny Contract, Nanny Work Agreement

What Should Be Included In a Nanny Contract
A nanny contract is similar to other employment contracts and, at least, should typically include the following:

• Names of all parties: aside from those entering the agreement, it's also important to state the children that will be under the nanny's care.

• Duties to be performed: it's helpful to set out everyone's mutual expectations, no one likes being surprised—this also includes the schedule to be worked.

• Dates the contract spans: dates are an important part of contract, be sure to state when the contract begins and when it ends.

• Wages to be paid: don't forget to include any overtime, if applicable!

• Sick leave: contract or not, the unexpected can happen. Specify your policy on sick leave in case the care provider falls ill.

• Signatures: having a document that tracks all of your agreed upon terms is great, but it won't be enforceable unless both parties intend to enter into it.

When Do I Need a nanny Agreement?
Strictly speaking, a nanny agreement isn't needed; that said, it'd probably a good idea to have one. A nanny agreement is essentially a specialized employment contract—covering duties, wages, and employment duration. These are important details that can benefit greatly from being documented should there ever be a disagreement down the road.

How Often Is Does a Nanny Agreement Need to be Updated?
You should consider updating your agreement when any details substantively change. For example, if a parent's work schedule changes, the days the nanny is needed may shift. Likewise, if you have another child it's probably best to add them to the list of care recipients.

As far as when to amend the contract, it's typically easiest to do during renewal. If you can't wait that long, it may be best to simply talk with the other party. If everyone involved is okay with altering the contract or doing a bit of renegotiating then there usually isn't a need to wait until the original contract expires.

What Does a Nanny Agreement NOT Cover?
A nanny agreement covers a lot, but it doesn't extend far beyond a typical employment contract. For example, while a nanny will be allowed to supervise children, they would not be allowed to make emergency health care decisions on behalf of a child without a child care authorization form.


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Nanny Agreement Basics

When inviting someone into your home and family, it's important to outline the relationship in writing. A Nanny Agreement allows you to communicate your wishes in terms of care and boundaries so that you prevent any uncomfortable or dangerous situations. It also protects you in the case of a disagreement.

Boundaries are also important for you if you're the person providing the care. A Nanny Agreement allows you to detail your expectations in terms of your duties, terms of payment and days off so that you head off any potential miscommunication.

If you have legal documentation needs outside of the Nanny Agreement, please check out our complete list of fully customizable service contracts.

Other names for this document: Nanny Contract, Nanny Work Agreement

What Should Be Included In a Nanny Contract
A nanny contract is similar to other employment contracts and, at least, should typically include the following:

• Names of all parties: aside from those entering the agreement, it's also important to state the children that will be under the nanny's care.

• Duties to be performed: it's helpful to set out everyone's mutual expectations, no one likes being surprised—this also includes the schedule to be worked.

• Dates the contract spans: dates are an important part of contract, be sure to state when the contract begins and when it ends.

• Wages to be paid: don't forget to include any overtime, if applicable!

• Sick leave: contract or not, the unexpected can happen. Specify your policy on sick leave in case the care provider falls ill.

• Signatures: having a document that tracks all of your agreed upon terms is great, but it won't be enforceable unless both parties intend to enter into it.

When Do I Need a nanny Agreement?
Strictly speaking, a nanny agreement isn't needed; that said, it'd probably a good idea to have one. A nanny agreement is essentially a specialized employment contract—covering duties, wages, and employment duration. These are important details that can benefit greatly from being documented should there ever be a disagreement down the road.

How Often Is Does a Nanny Agreement Need to be Updated?
You should consider updating your agreement when any details substantively change. For example, if a parent's work schedule changes, the days the nanny is needed may shift. Likewise, if you have another child it's probably best to add them to the list of care recipients.

As far as when to amend the contract, it's typically easiest to do during renewal. If you can't wait that long, it may be best to simply talk with the other party. If everyone involved is okay with altering the contract or doing a bit of renegotiating then there usually isn't a need to wait until the original contract expires.

What Does a Nanny Agreement NOT Cover?
A nanny agreement covers a lot, but it doesn't extend far beyond a typical employment contract. For example, while a nanny will be allowed to supervise children, they would not be allowed to make emergency health care decisions on behalf of a child without a child care authorization form.

Use the Nanny Agreement document if:
  • You want to hire a Nanny to take care of your child(ren).
  • You are a Nanny about to enter into a new working relationship.
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