If you are thinking of becoming a nanny .i.e minding other people’s children in their home, you should be aware of your rights and the employment regulations surrounding this service. There are guidelines available through nanny agencies and through online forums that will give ideas on hourly charges and rates and expectations within the service. For latest rates of pay please read our online forums here.
Nannies can expect to live-in or out of the home of the children they are employed to care for. Their primary duty is the care and well-being of a child, and part of their role is to stimulate and encourage the child’s physical and psychological development. Other duties may include preparation of meals, laundry taking children to school, pick-up etc.
The family that employ the nanny is responsible for ensuring that all PRSI/PAYE obligations are adhered to. The family must register as an employer with the Revenue. When employed, the nanny is an employee of the employer /family, and is entitled to the Irish employment rights as any other worker.
When choosing a nanny, most parents in Ireland now expect a nanny to be at least 20 years old, have some sort of child-care qualification, first-aid qualification, and prior experience and references before they will be employed. Other documents such as a driving license, Passport/ID is expected. Like childminders, nannies should expect to have a drawn-up contract outlining fees, working hours and duties before commencement. .