What should a nanny contract include?

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Hiring a nanny can be a time-consuming process. So once, you have found someone you love, you probably can’t wait for your nanny to start. But before rushing things, it is crucial that you and your nanny are clearly aligned on all expectations of the position you are offering.

Therefore, you must have some sort of formal agreement prior to your nanny’s first day of work. And to avoid any misunderstandings, we highly recommend that you put this agreement in writing in the form of a nanny contract. If you found a nanny through My Nannies, we will send you our sample nanny contract as a guideline. And if you have found a nanny elsewhere, find a list below on what you should include. In either case, we highly recommend seeking help from a legal professional when setting up a contract to ensure all legal requirements are met. 

Working hours, overtime, payment & benefits

Include in your contract your nanny’s working hours and how this will be compensated. That means that you should include your nanny’s gross salary and if this will be paid on a weekly or monthly basis. In addition, make sure to include how your nanny will be reimbursed for any overtime (the occasional babysitting).

Your nanny’s benefits include the type of accommodation you are offering (for a live in position), meals provided, use of a car, pension contributions, or nanny insurance.

Main duties and responsibilities

Make sure to be as clear as possible when it comes to writing down your nanny’s duties. For example, if your nanny is also expected to do some laundry or cleaning, try to avoid writing down “light housekeeping”. Instead include every duty besides childcare, such as you would like your nanny to cover.

Holidays & Sickness

Full Time nannies are entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid holiday per year including bank holidays. Holiday entitlement for part-time employees is pro rata, based on the number of hours worked compared with those worked by a full-time employee. If you would like to calculate the holiday entitlement for your nanny you can use the holiday entitlement calculator from gov.uk.

Make sure to include how much notice your nanny has to give you before taking holidays and if you want him/her to take a certain amount of days off during a specific time (e.g. during Christmas)

If you decide to pay sicks pays in addition to Statutory Sick pay don’t forget to include under which conditions and how many days your nanny is entitled to.

In addition, we also recommend that you include the following in your nanny contract:

  • Dismissal and Disciplinary Procedure
  • Grievance Procedure
  • A list of what you regard as gross misconduct
  • A statement of house rules


We hope that this list was helpful to you. And please don’t forget to seek help from a legal professional when setting up your nanny contract. 

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