Creating A Contract With A Live-In Nanny

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What special considerations should I give when creating a live-in nanny contract?

Creating A Contract With A Live-In Nanny

Hiring a live-in nanny is much different than hiring a live-out nanny. For one thing, you're going to be sharing your space with this person day and night. For that reason, you might want to consider customizing the nanny employment contract to reflect this situation. A live-in nanny shouldn't be at your beck and call 24 hours a day, but there is a certain expectation that she'll be available evenings and weekends. Make sure to set aside personal time for your nanny and stipulate whether she'll be allowed guests in your home. Do you mind if she has overnight guests in your home? If she comes from away, are you willing to foot the bill for occasional travel to her home town? These are the kinds of things you should think about and include in the nanny agreement.

Generally, a live-in nanny is expected to do more housekeeping than someone only available certain hours during the week. If you're considering a live-in nanny, keep in mind that many professional nannies come from abroad and may speak limited or broken English. The nanny may be living far away from family and friends, living in a completely different culture. For that reason, you might want to consider adding things to the nanny contract that will make life a little easier for her. For example, including the cost of a plane ticket to visit family and friends might be a great incentive and bonus for your new nanny. While the nanny is doting on your family, she may be wondering how her own family is doing, so don't hesitate to approve things like paid long-distance phone calls or even her own Internet connection as a way of keeping touch with her own family and friends.



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