Lora Brawley here, creator of the A to Z Nanny Contract. My 25 plus years of experience as a nanny, trainer, and consultant in the nanny care field combined with my knack for writing in clear, detailed language has made the A to Z Nanny Contract the benchmark for defining nanny terms.
Employing or working as a nanny is different than employing or working as any other kind of worker. There are some lesser known laws that are specific to nannies, some well-known ones that don’t apply and a bunch of other tax and employment issues that often catch employers and caregivers unaware. There’s lots of misinformation out there and it’s easy to get lost in it, leaving yourself open to costly mistakes. Although I’m not a tax or legal professional (my official disclaimer), I am a trusted, experienced, and knowledgeable guide through the unique issues you’ll face as you create your nanny contract.
But getting off to a great start isn’t just about the nuts and bolts. It’s also about creating a strong, positive relationship with your nanny or employer. The A to Z Nanny Contract outlines fair, balanced agreements and helps you successfully tackle the unique challenges of the nanny / parent relationship.
A client once described hiring and keeping a great nanny as a maze and a minefield. Great analogy. The A to Z Nanny Contract is your guide through the maze, making sure you know what issues you need to consider and the most effective way to navigate them, and your guide through the minefield, helping you understand the nuances of the nanny / parent relationship and giving you smart options for avoiding common mistakes. The A to Z Nanny Contract helps you leapfrog over the normal learning curve, saving you time, money, and stress.
It’s not enough to simply include a general agreement about an issue in your nanny contract (e.g. the nanny gets 2 weeks of paid vacation). It’s essential the issue be detailed in a way that answers all the “what if” questions that come up and leaves no room for misinterpretation (e.g. when does the vacation kick in, who decides on the dates, how much notice is required, can all the time be taken together, can the time be taken as single days, how many hours defines a week of vacation, will / how the vacation be paid out if the nanny leaves). Working in a private home rather than a business means there are a lot more variables and non-traditional approaches to employment issues so the standard HR language simply doesn’t work. The A to Z Nanny Contract gives you the user-friendly, nannyese you need.
Once you purchase your A to Z Nanny Contract, you’ll be taken to a page where you can immediately download it. You’ll also receive an email a few minutes after purchase that provides you with a download link. (Make sure to check your spam folder, it sometimes gets incorrectly marked as junk mail.)
The A to Z Nanny Contract comes with a comprehensive guidebook that defines each issue, providing you with an overview, the related industry standard and advice on what to consider when deciding on your approach. It also includes insider tips on how to avoid common pitfalls, how to effectively work through challenges unique to the nanny field, and how build a positive, successful relationship with your nanny or employer. As one long-time client describes it, “It’s like having you at the table with me, giving me all your best advice as I craft the contract with our new nanny.”
The A to Z Nanny Contract comes with a MS Word template that makes it quick and easy to create a custom contract that reflects your unique situation. I don’t take the “you fill in all the details” approach that other contracts do. The details can be confusing and time-consuming and really, isn’t avoiding that work the reason you want a template to begin with? Instead I detail all the issues you should consider and provide exact language for each choice within that issue. You simply choose the one that works best for you and delete the rest.
If you have a question or need help customizing your contract, I’m a phone call or email away. No consultation fee. No sending you to a FAQ section to dig up the answer yourself. Just personal, exceptional customer service.
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