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Hey, hiring a nanny sounded like a great idea at the time. While the thought of someone shouldering childcare and household responsibilities lightened your mood, the thought of creating a nanny contract did not.
Of course, nothing says you have to get into nanny contracts, but it's the best way to protect yourself against misunderstandings. It's also a great reference for your new nanny to use. Keep in mind that a signed nanny work agreement or nanny contract can evolve and change over time. Assume that your nanny will be employed with you for a long time to come and make room for adjustments to the contract. The best way to do this is to set a contract renewal date when you and your nanny can revisit the document and make any changes. For example, when you first write the nanny work agreement, it may detail nanny job responsibilities that involve picking up the kids from school. Well, a year from now, that may not be necessary anymore. Setting a date and time to have another look at the nanny work agreement will keep things up-to-date. It'll also give your nanny an opportunity to talk about issues like increased pay, benefits, and vacation.