A work agreement assures that both the parents and the caregiver have a clear understanding of each other’s expectations. It helps parents outline the job description, role and responsibilities of the caregiver’s position in their home and enables good communication between the parties.

A work agreement should include:

  • Information about the employee and employer
  • The time frame of the agreement
  • Caregiver’s responsibilities, duties and schedule
  • The compensation package, including:
  • Weekly or hourly pay rate
  • Health benefits
  • When and how payment will be made
  • Compensation for overtime worked
  • Fringe benefits such as paid holidays, vacation time, special leave, bonuses and sick leave.
  • Driving rules and responsibilities, if applicable. The agreement should outline whether the nanny has use of the employer’s car during working hours or if the nanny will receive mileage reimbursement for work  related driving should she use her own car.
  • Employer’s legally required tax obligations
  • Probationary period
  • Terms of notice, termination and grounds for dismissal
  • How amendments can be made to the agreement


Some agreements will also include disclaimers or statements about the use of nanny cameras, family relocation, use of vehicles, house rules and confidentiality agreements. Most nannies commit to at least one year of employment with a family and sign a work agreement stating such. Miss Governess International has developed a detailed Client-Candidate Work Agreement that can be obtained from the Agency upon request. You will be required to submit a copy of your agreement to Miss Governess International for records of employment.


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