Life in the USA
Hiring a Nanny for Your Child
This material courtesy of Steve Lampert, President of eNannySource.com
Finding a reliable nanny is a primary concern for working mothers in the United States.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 5.6 million working moms in the United States, and approximately 51 percent of women who gave birth to their first child returned to work within four months.
In record numbers, families are turning to nannies as a solution for their childcare needs.
Hiring a nanny is a serious commitment, and many U.S. parents use a mutual “nanny contract” to lay out clearly the terms and conditions of employment before the hiring process is complete.
One of the biggest causes of nanny turnover tends to be parents who make unexpected, and, for the nanny, unreasonable requests in the form of extra hours or chores. On the other hand, parents are often dissatisfied with nannies who ask to invite overnight guests, make long distance phone calls, and want to use the nanny car for personal errands.
Good communication is the most important part of the parent-nanny relationship. Parents and nannies who communicate well provide a nurturing environment for the children together, which is, after all, the point of hiring a nanny to begin with. A detailed and mutually satisfying contract is the first step in making this relationship work.
A functional nanny contract contains a detailed statement outlining the nanny's responsibilities and goals for the children's growth and progress. It should state the nanny's salary and pay dates, along with any deductions for applicable taxes, social security, and health insurance.
Some other issues you may find in a nanny contract are:
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