Setting Yourself Up for Success: Why You Should Always Have a Work Agreement and What it Should Contain

Setting Yourself Up for Success: Why You Should Always Have a Work Agreement and What it Should Contain

Nanny Work Agreement

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Being a nanny is both a privilege and a responsibility, as you are entrusted with the safety and well-being of another family’s children. However, like any professional, it’s crucial to establish your terms of employment through a work agreement. This vital tool helps ensure that both you and the family are on the same page about the job’s expectations, terms, and conditions, avoiding misunderstandings and disagreements down the line. This article outlines why every nanny should have a work agreement and what it should contain.

The Importance of a Work Agreement

Clarity of Roles and Responsibilities

A work agreement clearly spells out the nanny’s roles and responsibilities. It provides a framework and a point of reference for what is expected of you as a nanny. It can range from routine childcare duties to more specific tasks like the kids’ meal plans, bedtime routines, and homework assistance. Clear expectations from the onset will help you perform your job effectively and confidently.

Protection for Both Parties

The work agreement also serves as a legal document, protecting both you and the family. It ensures you’re paid for your services and outlines what happens if the agreement is violated. It safeguards the nanny from potential exploitation and gives parents peace of mind knowing they have recourse if things go wrong.

Facilitates Open Communication

A work agreement promotes open communication between you and the parents. By discussing the terms of employment together, you can address any questions or concerns upfront, ensuring that both parties are comfortable with the conditions before starting the job.

Essential Elements of a Nanny Work Agreement

While every work agreement will be unique, here are some essential elements that it should contain:

Job Description

Detail the tasks you’re expected to perform, such as feeding, bathing, assisting with homework, etc. It’s also helpful to indicate what tasks are not part of your responsibilities to avoid any future misunderstandings.

Work Schedule

This section should include your working hours, days off, and any provisions for overtime or night duties. Having a well-defined schedule helps to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Should include information re not allowing to bank hours(if a family for example, lets the nanny go home early on a Friday, it would not be ok for them to ask for the nanny to work Saturday night to replace those hours. But they could ask the nanny to work Saturday night and if the nanny wanted to work the nanny would be paid for the time worked).

Salary and Benefits

Clearly state your compensation, including the payment schedule. Other benefits such as health insurance, paid vacation, and sick days should also be included in this section. Also should address what happens if the nanny is available for work but the family does not need the nanny(away for vacation for example). 

Confidentiality Clause

As a nanny, you are privy to private aspects of the family’s life. A confidentiality clause protects the family’s privacy and makes it clear that private family matters should not be shared.

Termination Conditions

Clearly outline the terms of termination, including notice periods and grounds for immediate dismissal. This way, both parties are clear on the process should the working relationship need to end.

Dispute Resolution

In the event of any disagreements or disputes, it’s crucial to have a plan in place. This could involve mediation, arbitration, or any other form of peaceful dispute resolution.


Finally, don’t forget that both parties should sign and date the agreement. It is also a good idea to each keep a copy for your records.

In conclusion, having a work agreement as a nanny is paramount to setting yourself up for success. It lays the foundation for a healthy, respectful, and mutually beneficial working relationship with the family you serve. Not only does it provide clarity and protection, but it also sets the tone for open communication, which is key in any professional engagement. Remember, you are not just a caregiver; you are a professional, and your work agreement is a reflection of that professionalism.

Main Differences Between Babysitters, Nannies, and Au pairs

Main Differences Between Babysitters, Nannies, and Au pairs

Babysitters, nannies, and au pairs are all individuals who provide care for children, but there are some differences in terms of their role, responsibilities, and arrangement.

  • Babysitters: Babysitters are typically hired on an as-needed basis to watch children for a few hours or an evening while the parents are away. They may be teenagers or adults and may have varying levels of experience with children.
    Babysitters usually work part-time and are not usually responsible for household chores beyond cleaning up after the children.
  • Nannies: Nannies are professional childcare providers typically hired to work full-time or part-time on a regular schedule. They are responsible for the day-to-day care of children. Nannies may also be responsible for light household duties related to the children, such as doing the children’s laundry, preparing meals, and organizing their activities.
  • Au pairs: An au pair is a young person from another country who comes to live with a host family and provides childcare in exchange for room, board, and a small salary. Au pairs typically work full-time and may live with the family for a year and possibly extend for longer(up to 2 years). They are responsible for the day-to-day care of the children, including preparing meals, helping with homework, and organizing activities.

The Impeccable Nanny Agency – We match professional families with trustworthy, nurturing, and highly-qualified Nannies who are passionate about childcare. (Serving Fairfield County, Litchfield County, New Haven County, and Middlesex County – Connecticut).

What Training Should a Nanny Have?

What Training Should a Nanny Have?

Training for Nannies

While there may be no formal training required to become a nanny, taking specialized child care training courses will make a nanny a more professional and knowledgeable caregiver. Every child is different and when selecting the best Nanny for your home, specialized classes according to the needs of your child(ren) are important and should be added as a qualifier for your interview process. For example, if your child loves music or is musically inclined, does your potential Nanny candidate have the education and skill to assist in your child’s passion?

Necessary Training:

  • CPR and First Aid
  • Water Safety Certification
  • Infant Care Classes & Certification if taking care of newborns
  • Drivers’ License

Some Optional Training:

  • Nutrition and Cooking
  • Fitness Education
  • Foreign Language Skills
  • Positive Discipline Training

Searching for the best Nanny for your child(ren) and family can be exhausting and overwhelming. We understand that. With over 13 years of experience placing qualified nannies that have a long-term commitment to their families, we go through an intensive vetting and qualifying process so you don’t have to. At the end of the day, the most important person is your child. That’s why we take what we do so seriously.

If you need a nanny and would like for us to help, contact us! Let us know if you have any questions about the process or about our experience. You can also read our frequently asked questions list at the bottom of this page.

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The Impeccable Nanny Agency Interview: Betty Franco

The Impeccable Nanny Agency Interview: Betty Franco

Betty Franco has been in childcare service for over 25 years. We sat down and asked her questions about her experience, the ups, the downs, and what makes The Impeccable Nanny Agency such an outstanding Nanny agency.

1. Why did you get involved with childcare?

I’ve been in childcare service for 25+ years. I’ve always loved kids. Growing up in Trinidad, I took care of children and continued to when I moved to the United States. I love meeting new people; there are so many wonderful families. I consider the kids I Nanny as my own and love them as my own. I also enjoy the freedom being a Nanny gives you, like being able to go to the park or take them places. I still keep in touch with families I no longer work with. The families also invite me to the children’s concerts, sport events, birthday parties, and graduations.


2. How long have you been a caregiver?

I’ve been in childcare service for 25+ years.


3. What is the most rewarding part of the job?

The most rewarding part of the job is when a kid comes to hug you and tells you they love you. You get to watch them grow up from a baby to an adult. There are two kids that I took care of that are in their early twenties who call me their second mom and they sent me flowers for my birthday and Mother’s Day. I love keeping in touch with them.


4. What is the hardest part of the job?

If you do not have proper communication between you and the parents on routines and how to discipline the kids, this can make the job hard.  Also, potty training some kids is easy, and then there are those who give you a hard time, but it is rewarding when they are potty trained.


5. What is your favorite activity to do with the children?

Oh, I have so many. I love arts and crafts. In the beginning of summer, I do a tie-dye T-shirt event; we invite the kids’ friends. They love it and wear the shirt all summer. I also love holiday events like Easter egg hunts, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Christmas. I like doing crafts that the parents can keep and use; for example, we made the kids’ hand prints on an apron one year. The kids always look forward to what craft they can make.


6. What is your favorite age to work with and why?

I love working with all ages. Each age has a precious moment. You watch them learn to be independent. When they accomplish something or reach a milestone, you have so much pride knowing you helped them get to it. There are so many special moments.


7. What advice do you have for somebody who is looking into getting involved with childcare?

First, you have to love children. You need patience and understanding. You need to know how to deal with children. Also, when going into somebody’s home, you need to respect their privacy and that they’re allowing you in their home. Also, respect that they are working parents. Give them enough notice if you have doctor appointments, vacation, etc. so that they can make proper arrangements for when you are absent on that day. Loving children is the most important part. A child is not a piece of paper; they’re a little human being with feelings just like us.


8. What makes The Impeccable Nanny Agency different from other childcare services?

I had never heard of The Impeccable Nanny Agency. I was looking for a job because of COVID and found them on I sent in the application and they responded the next day. They were so professional and answered me immediately. Within three days, I was interviewed and Facetime interviewed with potential clients. I was so impressed with how they dealt with everything. Other agencies hadn’t even responded yet. I always tell all of my friends in the Nanny service about The Impeccable Nanny Agency and how great they are. I love them!


9. Homemade baby food: how to make it and why it’s important

The family I am working with didn’t want their child eating store-bought baby food, so it was agreed that I would make homemade baby food. It’s really easy: I would just steam the fruit or vegetables until they were soft enough and mash it up. Now we’re in the finger-food stage. I steam the fruits or vegetables until they’re soft enough for the child to chew. We’ve tried corn, spaghetti squash, peas, and apples. Right now, I’m working on how to make chicken soft enough and without any seasonings that they will enjoy.


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Pets Are a Wonderful Part of Life

Pets Are a Wonderful Part of Life

Many people love coming home to a pet. Animals bring us joy, love, comfort, and can really make a home feel like a home. Pets are a great responsibility. They require attention, training, feeding, walking, nurturing, and full-time care. When you have a Nanny working in your home, you will need to consider how this will affect her and who will be responsible for the pet in your absence.

Consider these tips:
• Make sure the Nanny does not have any allergies to animals.
• Set expectations of what part of the Nanny’s job will be to take care of the pets.
• Set expectations for the responsibility of the children to take care of the pets.
• Set up proper pet care if the Nanny’s other responsibilities do not include the pets.