Nannies and au Pairs : Hiring In-Home Child Care

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-02
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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?

Author Biography

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 Pairp. 1
Making the Choice: A Nanny or Another Form of Child Care?p. 3
Beyond Mary Poppins: Child Care Optionsp. 5
Budgeting for Child Carep. 15
Hiring Part-Time Nanny Carep. 24
Sharing a Nanny With Another Familyp. 35
Sharing a Nanny-Advantages and Disadvantagesp. 36
Setting up a Share Arrangementp. 39
Dissolving a Sharing Agreementp. 46
Who's Your Ideal Nanny? Listing Prioritiesp. 49
The Credentials and Experience Your Nanny Should Havep. 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 Termsp. 65
High Enough, But Not Too High: Setting the Pay Ratep. 66
Creating a Package of Benefitsp. 76
"I Need to Fill Out a What? " Tax, Immigration, and Payrollp. 85
Verifying Your Nanny's Immigration Statusp. 88
Withholding and Paying Taxes From Your Nanny's Salaryp. 94
Buying Insurancep. 104
Paying With Pretax Income: Dependent Care Accountsp. 107
Getting Money Back: The Child Care Tax Creditp. 108
Job Available! Getting the Word Outp. 111
Tap Your Network: Finding a Nanny Through Word of Mouthp. 112
Read All About It: Checking Ad Listingsp. 114
Placing Your Own Adsp. 115
Hiring a Nanny Through an Agencyp. 118
You Meet at Last: Prescreening, Interviewing, and Background Checksp. 125
Prescreening Applicants by Phonep. 128
Make-or-Break Conversations: Reference Checksp. 132
Asking Nannies to Fill Out a Job Applicationp. 135
Getting to Know You: The Interview Processp. 138
Test Run: Hiring a Nanny for a Trial Periodp. 146
Is She for Real? Background Checksp. 147
The Au Pair Optionp. 153
Who Gets What in This Cultural Exchangep. 156
Choosing Your Au Pair Agencyp. 163
Choosing an Au Pairp. 169
Getting Your Employment Agreement and Other Instructions on Paperp. 175
Drafting an Employment Agreementp. 176
Creating a List of Emergency Contactsp. 185
Creating a Medical Treatment Authorization Formp. 186
Assembling a Notebook of Other Important Instructionsp. 189
Day by Day: Developing and Adjusting a Routinep. 191
Mints on Her Pillow? Preparing the Room for a Live-In Nanny or an Au Pairp. 192
Orientation and Trainingp. 194
Talkback: Creating Communication and Feedback Systemsp. 201
Conducting Formal Reviewsp. 205
Taking Vacations Togetherp. 206
Taking Trips Without the Kidsp. 208
How to Keep a Nanny You Likep. 211
The Bare Minimum: How to Keep Your Nanny in the Jobp. 212
A Little Extra: How to Make Your Nanny Happyp. 217
Coping with Trouble, and Ending the Nanny Relationshipp. 221
Watching for Signs of Troublep. 223
Firing a Nanny for Behavior Reasonsp. 227
Terminating a Nanny You've Been Happy Withp. 231
Avoiding Wrongful Termination Lawsuitsp. 234
Indexp. 235
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