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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:


Developmental Progression

  • Organising creative activities or educational games (including drawing, crafts and physical sport)

  • Assisting with homework 

  • Reading and collecting books from the library for the children 

  • Working alongside parents in the overall development of the child/ren

Social Aspect

  • Accompanying children to the park, for walks, as well as to extra-curricular activities 

  • Arranging playdates 

  • Teaching children important social behaviours, such as sharing, respect for others and helping with household chores 


Hygiene / Health

  • Preparing children’s meals and feeding the children (or bottle feeding for babies)

  • Organising the children’s laundry 

  • Arranging and tidying of children’s bedrooms and play spaces 

  • Administering basic medication, under the parent’s instruction

  • Taking care of children when they are sick 

Safety & Wellbeing

  • Dropping off and/or picking up children from school

  • Maintaining a safe, happy and engaging environment for the children

  • Changing diapers and bathing 

Doing the Dishes


  • Developing the children’s ability to understand and speak English through different playful methods and pedagogies

Extra responsibilities (depending on the family's needs)

  • Travelling with the family during vacations or trips away

  • 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.

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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: 


2. Working Hours

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. 

1. 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  employment. 


4. 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. 

3. 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. 

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5. 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). 

6. 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. 

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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. 

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