1. Who pays me? The family pays you, the Nanny, directly on an agreed hourly rate or wage discussed at interview stage. Should a family pay you as an employee they will withold your tax however some families may request you work as a sub contractor. This means you will have your own ABN and pay your own tax. If you have trouble with your payroll you can utilize services such as Domestic Payroll, Easypayroll or Epayroll.
2. Who pays the tax and super? This is to be discussed in the interview with the parents. Some families prefer to pay this and others find it a hassle. In this case you, the Nanny would be responsible for this and be working as a sub contractor under your own ABN.
3. Do I get paid holidays, sick days and public holidays? Again this is to be discussed in the interview with the parents. Certainly if you are working as a permanent or a full time nanny the family should pay you 4 weeks annual leave, 10 sick days and public holidays if it falls on a day you are rostered to work.
4. What happens if I am sick? You should call your family directly and as early as practical and let them know you are sick. If the family requires a replacement for the time you are absent they can call us and we can supply them with a babysitter. Associated fees will apply.
5. What if the family goes on holidays? Do I still get paid? This question comes up time and time again and there is no hard and fast rule. We recommend that this issue be raised and discussed at the time the offer of employment is made along with rates of pay etc. Some families and nannies coincide their holidays so the family is not put out and neither is the nanny.
6. What is the role of the nanny? What can a nanny do? Nannies can basically do what parents ask them to within reason. Nannies do almost everything related to the children such as:
- Prepare and cook meals throughout the day for the children
- Some families and nannies like the idea of keeping a daily or weekly record as to the day’s events or what is planned for the week as a means of communication
- Keep children’s area tidy, safe and clean
- Light household duties such as children’s laundry (some nannies may do the families laundry but this is not a responsibility of the nanny), unloading and packing the dishwasher, take rubbish out, vacuum and mop only where the children have eaten or been playing (not the whole house).
- Change children’s linen and towels
- Ironing of the children’s clothes only (again some nannies may do the family ironing but this is not a responsibility of the nanny)
- Run errands such as groceries; pick up/drop off dry cleaning
- Organising daily/weekly or term activities for children. This may include after school activities, music lessons, swimming or gym lessons, story time at the library, playgroups or just a trip to the park.
- Organise educational home activities such as puzzles, reading, and arts and crafts, painting, drawing, ball games, building blocks, playing outside and more.
- Always remember to discuss with the parents in the interview what the exact role is and what is expected of you before starting.
7. Should I have insurance? This is a personal preference as to whether you obtain insurance. As an agency we recommend you do obtain your own insurance. Their are 2 companies that may be able to assist. Nannysure and Altiora Childcare.
8. How do I transport the children to and from outings/school etc? Most families in Brisbane will ask you to utilize your own car to transport the children around. Some families may offer you the family car to drive in which you should make sure the family put your name on the insurance to ensure you are covered for driving their vehicle. If you are using your own vehicle families should compensate in some way for the wear and tear on your car and fuel. You may work out a figure with the family as to what they will pay you each week for the use of your car or you may like to keep a log book of the kilometers you have driven and charge the family the rate of 0.69c per kilometre. Also contact your vehicle insurer to ensure you are covered for having other people/children in your vehicle during working hours.
Please contact us if you have any specific questions you need answered. We are here to help you!
Playgroup: Please click on the ‘Playgroup Australia’ link on the home page to find your nearest playgroup. This is a great way to make new friends and get out and about with the kids. It’s also great for the kid’s social interaction and is a cost efficient way to entertain the children.
Cooking with the children: Allow them to make their own breakfast or lunch. Decorating cupcakes. Making play dough or goop, this then allows more activity time by playing with this.
Arts and Crafts: Such as painting, drawing, making musical instruments, such as shakers (rice in a soft drink bottle).
Music Time: Allow children to listen and dance to their preferred music. Use musical instruments made at art time and allow them to be used.
Play time: Children sometimes like their own space, so allow them to have free play. They might enjoy building blocks.
Reading: Reading to children always occupies the child and helps with the child’s cognitive development.
Outings: Taking the child out allows them to experience the world outside the home. Go on the Ferries, take a bus or train. Southbank is good for a picnic lunch or a swim. Going to a local park. The Science Centre and Museum are a fun day out and a learning experience for the children. Libraries also offer activities especially through the school holiday periods. You can check these out at www.ourbrisbane.com or www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.
There are many ways for the Nanny to encourage, teach, educate and have fun with the children.
As the Nanny, if you are stuck with some ideas on how to entertain the children you are looking after, please contact us, so as we can help.