Nanny Contracts

The Basics

Nanny employment contract
Sadly, we see many contracts which have been put together by nanny employers either by downloading and amending an example contract found on the internet or by filling in the blanks in a template contract supplied by a nanny agency. We would caution prospective employers that probably 90% of such contracts do not conform to current employment law and in many cases will result in the employer not only losing any case taken to an employment tribunal but having any award against them increased by up to 25% as a penalty for not conforming to current legislation.

All workers employed on or after 6th April 2020 will be entitled to a written statement of employment particulars (in essence, a contract). This must be provided to them on or before their first day of employment. From an employer’s point of view, we would regard it as essential that the employer puts a contract in place as soon as possible to ensure that there are no misunderstandings on either side. Employers should realise that they are exposing themselves to potential risk and possible additional expense if a contract covering the items set out below is not fully in force from the start of employment.


Essential items

The items below should be the minimum covered by the contract:

  • Start date for commencement of employment
  • Amount of pay
  • Job Title and Normal Hours of Work
  • Sickness
  • Pension
  • Termination and Notice periods
  • Holidays
  • Dismissal and Disciplinary procedure


Other important items

We would recommend the following are also covered:

  • A statement of house rules
  • A general statement of duties
  • A statement of what the employer would regard as misconduct

Two copies of the contract must be signed and dated by both the employer and the nanny and each should keep a copy.

Basic Payroll Service

Payroll & Specimen Contract

As part of our basic service, we have a specimen contract which provides more detail on the above items. This is available to all of our clients. Please note however that it is a specimen NOT an editable template. We do not supply templates as we believe they can never adequately cover the particular circumstances of an individual employment situation and in many cases result in an inadequate contract which does not not conform to current employment law and does not properly protect the employer. Unless you are a legal professional, or someone who deals with employment issues on a regular basis, we would recommend using our Premium service to ensure that the contract properly addresses your particular circumstances.

For employees paid on a monthly basis the basic payroll service (including a specimen contract) is £150 per annum while for employees paid on a weekly basis the cost is £246.

Premium Payroll & Pension Service

Full Payroll Service, Pensions & Tailored Contract

We would strongly recommend use of our Premium service for new nanny employers who are not legal professionals or someone who deals with employment issues on a regular basis. Use of the Premium service to draw up a bespoke contract of employment will ensure that an employer has an up-to-date and comprehensive contract which provides them with adequate protection in the event of unforeseen eventualities.

For employees paid on a monthly basis the premium payroll service (including a tailored contract) is £240 per annum while for employees paid on a weekly basis the cost is £372.