Contracts Made Simple (Email me if you cannot copy and paste this contract)

A contract ensures that all parties are aware from the get-go what is expected from them. It is a legal document that can be held up in a court of law. Contracts create job security and employee longevity. Contracts are the Magna Carta of the childcare industry in that they outline services, rights and compensations awarded. Without a contract miscommunication, resentments and misconduct can easily arise. Below is a very basic sample of a work contract.
SECTION A:
Personal information
Nanny’s full legal name:
______________________________________________________________________
Nanny’s social security number:
______________________________________________________________________
Nanny’s passport number:
______________________________________________________________________
Nanny’s work visa number/expiration date:
______________________________________________________________________
Probation period:
2 weeks (CIRCLE): Date __________________________
1 month (CIRCLE): Date__________________________
3 months (CIRCLE): Date__________________________
6 months (CIRCLE): Date__________________________
Starting date:
_____________________________________________________________________
Weekly hours:
_____________________________________________________________________
Weekly salary or hourly pay: (First year)
_____________________________________________________________________
Overtime policy:
_____________________________________________________________________
Rate of increase annually:
_____________________________________________________________________
Rate of increase per new child:
_____________________________________________________________________
Any benefits provided such as sick leave, holidays
_____________________________________________________________________
Payment of social security, income tax, etc.
_____________________________________________________________________
A fixed payday: (NOMINATE A DAY OF WEEK OR A FIXED DATE OF MONTH)
_____________________________________________________________________
SECTION B:
Agreed upon responsibilities:
With children: ____________________________________________________________
In home: ________________________________________________________________
Outside duties: ___________________________________________________________
Extra Duties:_____________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
SECTION C:
Household rules and personal standards (PARENTS OUTLINE):
Rules to be followed regarding television, diet, transportation, etc.
_____________________________________________________________________
TV daily allowance/content/channels permitted:
_____________________________________________________________________
Diet:
_____________________________________________________________________
Transportation: (radius of permitted travel, modes of transport)
_____________________________________________________________________
Other household rules:
_____________________________________________________________________
Confidentiality clause:
Do you agree to maintain our family’s confidentiality outside of our home?
Yes: (CIRCLE)
No: (CIRCLE)
Add comments:
_____________________________________________________________________
SECTION D:
Termination of employment:
Period of termination notice mutually required (TICK):
1 week: _______
2 weeks: _______
3 weeks: _______
4 weeks: ________
SECTION E:
Dismissal and resignation:
Should either party act contrary to the terms of this contract, termination of employment and contract will occur immediately. Additional terms/clause here:
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
SECTION F:
Agreement:
On (Date)______________ this contract of employment was made between:
(WRITE BOLD CAPITALS) _____________________________as employer,
(WRITE BOLD CAPITALS)_____________________________as employee.
The signing  of both parties in agreement to all terms was witnessed by
(WRITE BOLD CAPITALS)______________________________as witness.
Signature of all parties:
Employer:_____________________________________________Date:___________
Employee:_____________________________________________Date:___________
Witness:_______________________________________________Date:____________