One of the first things to do when you hire an au pair or nanny is to clarify your and the au pair’s expectations – write them down as an au pair agreement. This will reduce the likelihood of confusion, at a later date, over either party’s responsibilities.
Some tips for writing an Au Pair agreement.
Drawing up a good document will include the following:
- Hours – the au pair’s working hours, including details of compensation for overtime and sunday work.
- Duties and responsibilities – this should be as detailed as possible, listing the au pair’s duties and responsibilities in an almost diary-like format
- Pocket Money – The au pair’s weekly/monthly pocket money and the rate at which the au pair will be paid for working extra hours
- Start date and end date of employment
- Discipline – how you expect the au pair to act while in your employment and what falls outside the boundaries of acceptable behaviour
- Disciplinary procedures – what disciplinary process the au pair can expect
- Summary dismissial reasons – the grounds on which the au pair can expect instant dismissal
- Accommodation – detailing the au pair’s accommodation and the condition you expect it to be kept in
- School – if the au pair is to attend language school while in your employment detail it here
Below is a sample of a letter of offer.