Hiring a nanny or babysitter for the first time ? Then it’s important to know your responsibilities.
You will need to know about employment contracts, background checks, income tax, superannuation and insurance. It may all sound a bit daunting but don’t worry, read the information below and you’ll be well on the way to hiring the perfect nanny :
Prepare a contract
If you’re looking to hire a nanny full or part-time, do have a contract. While it may feel very personal to hire a nanny, it is essentially a business agreement and you are the employer.
The contract should be drawn up and signed before your nanny starts. You should talk your nanny through the contract so that both parties know exactly where they stand and then after that you should both sign the contract.
What to consider
In working out your terms of employment, there are some aspects that are critical. A contract would, for instance, include the gross wage, schedule of payment (weekly, fortnightly, monthly), method of payment (such as bank), hours of work, duties, leave entitlements, probation period and notice periods.
Make sure the nanny you hire has an up-to-date valid Working for children check appropriate for the State you are in.
Superannuation and Income Tax
If the nanny is employed for over 30 hours per week then in most instances you will need to pay super which at 1st July 2014 is 9.5%. For more information on this visit the Australia Tax Office website at www.ato.gov.au as well as to register with the ATO to allow for income tax deductions.
You’ll probably need to take out domestic work cover insurance. For more details on this visit the Workcover website for your state. If your nanny or babysitter is going to drive your car, you’ll need to add their name to your car insurance policy. Chat to the nanny to see if they have any nanny insurance. It does exist !
In addition to the wage for your nanny or sitter, you should think about any extra expenses or what to do in the event you are held up on occasion. Will this be overtime? There are probably going to be expenses during the week, so decide how they will be handled and make sure it’s written down in the contract.
Of course, one of the most important responsibilities when it comes to hiring a nanny is clear communication.
A face-to-face discussion is obviously essential before hiring and details should also be added to the contract. With the list of duties for instance, you might add specifics such as the daily schedule and methods of discipline. Many parents also find it useful to have a daily or weekly sit down with the nanny to chat about what’s happened during the week, and see if there are any issues.
If this all sounds a little daunting, don’t stress! It might sound like a lot of work, but good preparation is the key to success when you hire a nanny, and hopefully to the start of a long and fulfilling relationship all round.
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