The Decision To Hire A Nanny – What New Parents Need to Know

For all of those soon to be parents out there, the decision to hire a nanny to care for your little one comes with great forethought and planning. It is a huge financial commitment, but you’re willing to make the necessary sacrifices for your little bundle of joy. In this article, we’re going to discuss a specialized contract called a “nanny contract” and explain how it can save a hassle for new parents and give them peace of mind.

This contract will help ensure the safety and privacy of your children while legally documenting the terms of agreement and protecting your family against lawsuits. Continue reading to learn more.

Hiring A Nanny

After interviewing, checking references, and doing extensive research, you finally land on the perfect addition to help you raise the newest member of your family, but what do you do next?

Friends and relatives tell you things like, “pay cash”, “1099 them”, “you don’t need a contract”, or “grab a quick contract off the internet”. You have no idea what to do, plus you were reluctant to even hire a nanny and now you really don’t want to rock the boat and ask for a contract to be signed. Many families are afraid a contract will tarnish the relationship they’re trying to build with their nanny.

You find forms online but have no idea what provisions are important or what might be missing that could expose you to lawsuits and liability. Your baby isn’t even here yet and your anxiety level is already through the roof.

Drafting a Nanny Contract

Simply put, a nanny contract allows another individual to care for your child. The terms of this contract are fairly loose. For example, generally either party can cancel the arrangement at any given time.

Taking the time to have an attorney draft a contract can protect both parties, whether you’re the family hiring household help or the nanny. A properly drafted contract not only helps to clarify duties and responsibilities but also can help to protect you from future liability associated with giving someone outside of your family access and control over certain aspects of your home. The best part is this is more affordable than you would think.

Nanny Contract Template

Nanny contracts are fairly straightforward legal documents that are generally around 4 pages in length. The document contains provisions such as the nannies schedule, responsibilities, location, payment terms and conditions, confidentiality, and other details to protect your children’s well-being and privacy.

Here’s a nanny contract PDF template so you can get an idea of what these contracts look like.

Example of a nanny contract for services with information for both the nanny and employer to fill in.

Talk To A Family Law & Estate Planning Lawyer

If you or someone you love is considering hiring a nanny or other help around the house contact Kelly & Kelly P.C. to arrange a consultation and find out how he can assist in your nanny planning needs!

Our law firm has extensive experience in both family law and estate planning which provides us the perfect amount of experience in helping families draft legally sound nanny contracts to protect their interests.