Roles & Responsibilities
Understanding the role of a nanny
It's essential for you to understand the role and responsibilities of your new nanny, as well as yourself as an employer. A nanny's role will vary depending on what your family needs.
Typical responsibilities of a nanny can include:
Developing the children’s ability to understand and speak English through
different playful methods and pedagogies
Maintaining a safe, happy and engaging environment for the children
Organising creative activities or educational games (including drawing,
crafts and physical sport)
Preparing children’s meals and feeding the children (or bottle feeding
Changing diapers and bathing
Accompanying children to the park, for walks, as well as to
Assisting with homework
Reading books to the children
Collecting books from the library for the children
Organising the children’s laundry
Dropping off and/or picking up children from school
Organising and tidying of children’s bedrooms and play spaces
Administering basic medication, under the parent’s instruction
Teaching children important social behaviours, such as sharing, respect for others and helping with household chores
Taking care of children when they are sick
Performing light household tasks
Working alongside parents in the overall development of the child/ren
Sometimes you may ask the nanny to do light housekeeping tasks, such as small grocery shopping, loading and unloading the dishwasher, keeping spaces in the household tidy and running family errands.
Responsibilities of the Employer
At Bilingual Nannies, we act as an agency to introduce families to their new nanny. Nannies are not employed by Bilingual Nannies, but by the family themselves. If this is the first time you’re looking for a nanny, before you commence the process, it’s essential you know your rights and responsibilities as an employer:
Providing a legal contract
We can support you with a template and in writing the fine details of
your new nanny’s contract. It is necessary that anything in regards to the
employment is included in the contract. This should be agreed upon and
signed by both the candidate and the family at the commencement of the
A nanny's hours must be clearly stated on the contract and must not
exceed 48hrs a week. In some cases when it does, families should be aware
of the legalities of overtime hours and the procedures to follow. We can
provide you this information.
Clearly outline of the job description and daily tasks
We will work with you to identify the exact roles and responsibilities you need fulfilled by your new nanny. You should discuss these with your nanny so it is clear what you expect as a family. It is important to have clear objectives and have these outlined in your new nanny’s contract. You should use the first few weeks of employment to allow the nanny to ask as many questions as needed, in order for her to know how you organise your children, your routine and your home.
Paid annual leave and public holidays
In France, nannies are entitled to five paid weeks off a year. French public holidays are in addition to this and must be accounted for separately.
Declaring the pay of the nanny legally
It is a legal requirement for you, as an employer, to declare your nanny’s salary. Your nanny must be declared to both Pajemploi (an external payroll system) and CAF (if you want to apply for benefits).
Cover any work-related expenses
Some families travel regularly and require their nanny to travel with them. This will, of course, be outlined in the contract if applicable. In this case, the employer is responsible for any travel, accommodation or other work-related costs that may arise in the day-to-day care of the children.
Are you ready to begin your journey with us to find your new employer? Please fill out the 'Initial Family Contact Form' or contact us directly using the details below.