Nannies & au pairs Hiring in-home child care

Ilona M. Bray, 1962-

Book - 2010

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Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo 2010.
1st ed
Physical Description
242 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Main Author
Ilona M. Bray, 1962- (-)
  • Making the choice: a nanny or another form of child care?
  • Sharing a nanny with another family
  • Who's your ideal nanny?: listing priorities
  • What's fair, yet affordable?: pay, vacation, other terms
  • "I need to fill out a what?": tax, immigration, and payroll
  • Job available!: getting the word out
  • You meet at last: prescreening, interviewing, and background checks
  • The au pair option
  • Getting your employment agreement and other instructions on paper
  • Day by day: developing and adjusting a routine
  • How to keep a nanny you like
  • Coping with trouble, and ending the nanny relationship.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Discusses child care options, nanny sharing, hiring, benefits packages, taxes, interviews, au pairs, contracts, developing a routine, keeping a nanny happy, and how to end the relationship.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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?Nannies & Au Pairs: Hiring In-Home Child Care answers these and many other questions. It combines practical advice with real-world tips from other parents and important legal information.Feel better knowing you've done your homework---and avoid the mistakes parents too often make."Virtually every book from Nolo Press can be highly recommended without reservations." Robert Bruss, Nationally Syndicated Real Estate Columnist"The most prominent U.S. publisher of self-help legal aids." Time"Always there in a jam as the nation's premier publisher of do-it-yourself legal books." Newsweek

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This streamlined and well-organized text offers answers to common and important questions: A nanny or another option? Does sharing work? How do you ascertain your family's priorities about child care? How do you come up with terms about pay and benefits? What's the paperwork involved and how do I do it? What works as a good search for child care and a good background check? What is the au pair option all about? How does the family plan for smooth sailing in day to day household life? What are the steps about problems, about terminations, about losing a good nanny and saying good-bye? This is a complete look at a unique relationship and a potentially critical asset to child rearing. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Find the right in-home childcare provider for your family with this comprehensive guide About 60% of married mothers use some form of childcare for preschool-age children. But finding a nanny or au pair is a complex process rife with legal and practical considerations. What are the various options for childcare in the home? How do they compare? How much responsibility should the childcare provider have? How can I make sure my child is safe? And how much will all this cost? This book gives you the tools you need when you’ve decided that the best option for your child is in-home care, whether you’re a new parent or returning to work after a period of staying at home. This book gives you the legal and practical lowdown on hiring – and maintaining – the best in-home childcare, from keeping a household budget to avoiding au pair agency scams. Read up on how to: - find the ideal candidate, independently or through an agency - conduct interviews and background checks - calculate a salary that's both competitive and within your budget - navigate the IRS, immigration and agency rules when hiring an au pair or nanny - share care with another family or arrange cooperative agreements - keep a nanny or au pair happy enough to stay with your family - fire a nanny who isn't working out Complete with helpful checklists and examples of real-world situations from both nannies’ and employers’ perspectives, Nannies & Au Pairs is the only book to give you legally accurate, comprehensive information on safely selecting and managing the best in-home care for your children.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Practical and legal advice for selecting and hiring the right person to care for your children