It’s that time of year again… Summer Holidays!
I am often asked for guidance on what Employers should pay their Nanny whom they are taking with on Holiday, and what extras are included and what the nanny should pay for herself.  
For all those people fortunate enough to not be reliant on the English sunshine (!!), and who are travelling to foreign Climes, ably assisted by their Nanny or House Keeper, here are some important guidelines and points for discussion, as recommended by ANA. (www.anauk.org)
So – please consider the following, and make sure that you and Nanny are in agreement before the Holiday!
(Exact details will vary hugely depending on the demands of each family and what the nanny’s current working hours and duties are.)
• The nanny’s salary as well as travel, food and accommodation expenses should be covered by the employer.
• Salary – this should be, at the minimum, the same as they would be getting when at home, with additional hours paid for at an agreed hourly rate, which may also include a set overnight rate.
• Establish what are the Nanny’s working hours.
• At the same time, establish her entitlement to time off – Nanny cannot be on duty 24/7 for the whole time you are away…she will need a break in the day, and you should establish how many evenings off she can have, and how many she will be expected to Babysit.
• Establish who is responsible for the children overnight – remember to factor in that if you have a baby, and she is the one to get up at night so that you can stay sleep, she really cannot then be expected to get the Baby / any other children up for Breakfast too!
• Explain the type of accommodation available to the Nanny – will she be expected to share with the children? If yes, if in your Holiday home or Villa, does she have some kind of sitting room available to her? Or if in a hotel, will she be allowed downstairs with a baby monitor, or will she need to stay in the Hotel room?
• Establish whether Nanny will have to pay for her own Travel insurance, or if is she covered under the family Policy.
• Are there any additional duties you require from the Nanny over and above what she normally does for you as part of her daily routine? N.B. If driving to shops / beaches / supermarkets is required, check that she is happy to do so!
 Please do remember that if Travel with your Family is part of the expectations of the Nanny’s position with you, it is advisable that this travel agreement, and the points above, should be discussed, and put into in writing within the initial Contract, prior to that Contract being agreed.
I hope all the above is of help to you.
Happy holidays!!

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