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Whether you've got a new baby, toddler, or grade-schooler, turning your child over to someone else is a big transition. How will you find a care giver you trust? How much will in-home care cost? Will you feel forced to pay under the table? And what's the difference between a nanny and an au pair, anyway?
Ilona Bray is a former attorney and Nolo author who has written on practical, family-oriented topics ranging from real estate to helping family members immigrate to the United States. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
Table of Contents
|Your Companion When Hiring a Nanny or an Au Pair||p. 1|
|Making the Choice: A Nanny or Another Form of Child Care?||p. 3|
|Beyond Mary Poppins: Child Care Options||p. 5|
|Budgeting for Child Care||p. 15|
|Hiring Part-Time Nanny Care||p. 24|
|Sharing a Nanny With Another Family||p. 35|
|Sharing a Nanny-Advantages and Disadvantages||p. 36|
|Setting up a Share Arrangement||p. 39|
|Dissolving a Sharing Agreement||p. 46|
|Who's Your Ideal Nanny? Listing Priorities||p. 49|
|The Credentials and Experience Your Nanny Should Have||p. 50|
|Live-In or Live-Out?||p. 54|
|Beyond the Basics: What Else Do You Expect?||p. 57|
|What's Fair, Yet Affordable? Pay, Vacation, Other Terms||p. 65|
|High Enough, But Not Too High: Setting the Pay Rate||p. 66|
|Creating a Package of Benefits||p. 76|
|"I Need to Fill Out a What? " Tax, Immigration, and Payroll||p. 85|
|Verifying Your Nanny's Immigration Status||p. 88|
|Withholding and Paying Taxes From Your Nanny's Salary||p. 94|
|Buying Insurance||p. 104|
|Paying With Pretax Income: Dependent Care Accounts||p. 107|
|Getting Money Back: The Child Care Tax Credit||p. 108|
|Job Available! Getting the Word Out||p. 111|
|Tap Your Network: Finding a Nanny Through Word of Mouth||p. 112|
|Read All About It: Checking Ad Listings||p. 114|
|Placing Your Own Ads||p. 115|
|Hiring a Nanny Through an Agency||p. 118|
|You Meet at Last: Prescreening, Interviewing, and Background Checks||p. 125|
|Prescreening Applicants by Phone||p. 128|
|Make-or-Break Conversations: Reference Checks||p. 132|
|Asking Nannies to Fill Out a Job Application||p. 135|
|Getting to Know You: The Interview Process||p. 138|
|Test Run: Hiring a Nanny for a Trial Period||p. 146|
|Is She for Real? Background Checks||p. 147|
|The Au Pair Option||p. 153|
|Who Gets What in This Cultural Exchange||p. 156|
|Choosing Your Au Pair Agency||p. 163|
|Choosing an Au Pair||p. 169|
|Getting Your Employment Agreement and Other Instructions on Paper||p. 175|
|Drafting an Employment Agreement||p. 176|
|Creating a List of Emergency Contacts||p. 185|
|Creating a Medical Treatment Authorization Form||p. 186|
|Assembling a Notebook of Other Important Instructions||p. 189|
|Day by Day: Developing and Adjusting a Routine||p. 191|
|Mints on Her Pillow? Preparing the Room for a Live-In Nanny or an Au Pair||p. 192|
|Orientation and Training||p. 194|
|Talkback: Creating Communication and Feedback Systems||p. 201|
|Conducting Formal Reviews||p. 205|
|Taking Vacations Together||p. 206|
|Taking Trips Without the Kids||p. 208|
|How to Keep a Nanny You Like||p. 211|
|The Bare Minimum: How to Keep Your Nanny in the Job||p. 212|
|A Little Extra: How to Make Your Nanny Happy||p. 217|
|Coping with Trouble, and Ending the Nanny Relationship||p. 221|
|Watching for Signs of Trouble||p. 223|
|Firing a Nanny for Behavior Reasons||p. 227|
|Terminating a Nanny You've Been Happy With||p. 231|
|Avoiding Wrongful Termination Lawsuits||p. 234|
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