Today, we would like to discuss contracts with you. Before you hire the perfect nanny, both sides need to agree to a contract. The clearer the agreement is the better, so everyone knows exactly what is expected of them. As well as including the hiring details, the terms of engagement should be set out on paper. It’s best practice for both sides to be given the opportunity to list their expectations and values so mutual understanding is increased. Doing this also provides clear grounds to discuss issues if they arise. Then, once the contract is signed by everyone involved, it’s a good idea to use the document in your annual performance reviews.
It’s so crucial that you and your nanny are on the same page with regards to job expectations. Your formal contractual agreement will ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them so both your family and your caregiver are protected. Contracts avoid any grey areas and miscommunications. Even though your nanny is working in your home, you need to ensure you have all things covered as though they were working in any other kind of job outside. So, the contract says what has been agreed on between you. Having everything in writing provides complete peace of mind as a result. A nanny contract is indispensable for these reasons and more.
Although setting out a contract with someone who will become a part of your family seems to be incredibly formal, it has to be done. It’s important to be upfront about your needs and expectations. Otherwise, when issues arise, they can rapidly turn into big problems. You and your nanny both will feel far more settled when you have a formal written document to refer to no matter how close you eventually become.
Say, for instance, that your nanny has agreed by signing the contract to come on family holidays or to perhaps take your children to certain classes on set days but then refuses to go. In cases like these, the contract gives you a simple way to address the issue. A contract also provides you with a way of evaluating your nanny’s work. If things just don’t work out over time, you will be able to easily show that your agreed expectations as per the contract are just not being met. Consequently, it will be easier to let your caregiver go. Additionally, if there is ever a claim for hours, pay or anything else, you have everything set out clearly in writing, so everyone is protected.
So, there you have it. It’s a great help for everyone to have your nanny’s contract set out in writing. It’s the sensible action to take to make sure your working relationship is and remains healthy throughout the term of employment. We Need A Nanny is here for you on this wonderful journey.