Negotiating Changes to Nanny Contracts

Sometimes your circumstances or the family's circumstances change during your employment. If this affects your job, for example your working hours or your pay, then you should change your contract to reflect the new reality. Nannies and employers should mutually agree changes to nanny contracts. Your employer cannot impose changes on you. You can find out more about what a contract should include here.

When you make changes to your contract you do not need to create a completely new contract. Instead you can either cross out the old agreement, write the new details in its place and then sign and date the changes or you can add a sheet to the back of the contract with modifications which is signed and dated. For example if your hours change from 8am-6pm to 7.30am-6pm and the clause which deals with your hours is clause 3.1 the amendment sheet might say:

Clause 3.1 is replaced by

"The nanny's normal hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 6pm"

A nanny contract is almost always the result of a negotiation. Both employer and nanny need to be happy with the conditions. Below are some common modifications to working conditions that lead to changes to nanny contracts.

Changes to hours

Your hours may increase or decrease in line with your employer's needs. Most changes to nanny contracts are to the hours worked. Sometimes this is because employers realise the hours they had planned are not sufficient to cover their commute and sometimes their working hours change. Sometimes the change is because children enter other settings for funded hours or to go to school.

Changes to pay

If your employers give you a pay rise or anything else affects your pay the new rate should be noted in your contract. Make sure that any changes are to your gross rate and that you know what your new net rate should be so you can spot any errors the first time the new amount comes through.

Bringing your own child

If you return to your job after maternity leave with your baby, or you stop bringing your own child, you should put this in your contract. You may have to make other changes, such as who is responsible for providing equipment.

Entering a nanny share

Setting up a nanny share usually means many changes to nanny contracts. If your employers set up a new contract it must mention your previous employment as continuous with your new employment. You should have a new pay rate, your place of work may change and your new charges must be included.

Moving from live in to live out

If you go from being a live in nanny to a live out nanny there will be several changes to make. First your accommodation will no longer be included and your pay should increase. You will be entitled to at least national minimum wage.