Do I need a contract for my nanny?

It is really important to take the time to put a contract together when you employ a permanent nanny — even if you have a great relationship. It means that all work details and duties are clearly stated and all formalities such as working hours and pay are written and agreed. A well written contract will protect both parties for the duration of the employment.

A contract will help if any disputes or issues arise and its best to have one in place when the nanny starts with you. A work contract is a legally binding document but does not have to be written by a lawyer. We have a basic model contract here for you to download and use and use if you wish.


Nanny Network acts as the matching platform for parents to find childcare and we have a model contract that you can edit and use as you need. This is not a legally binding contract with Nanny Network but is between you and the nanny you employ. It is a document designed to help you but bears no relation to us as a company. If you have any questions, please email us

Originally published at on February 28, 2018.



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