Nannies & Au Pairs: Hiring In-Home Child Care

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Find the right in-home childcare provider for your family with this comprehensive guide

About 60% of married mothers use some form of childcare for preschool-age children. But finding a nanny or au pair is a complex process rife with legal and practical considerations. What are the various options for childcare in the home? How do they compare? How much responsibility should the childcare provider have? How can I make sure my child is safe? And...

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Overview

Find the right in-home childcare provider for your family with this comprehensive guide

About 60% of married mothers use some form of childcare for preschool-age children. But finding a nanny or au pair is a complex process rife with legal and practical considerations. What are the various options for childcare in the home? How do they compare? How much responsibility should the childcare provider have? How can I make sure my child is safe? And how much will all this cost?

This book gives you the tools you need when you’ve decided that the best option for your child is in-home care, whether you’re a new parent or returning to work after a period of staying at home. This book gives you the legal and practical lowdown on hiring – and maintaining – the best in-home childcare, from keeping a household budget to avoiding au pair agency scams. Read up on how to:

- find the ideal candidate, independently or through an agency
- conduct interviews and background checks
- calculate a salary that's both competitive and within your budget
- navigate the IRS, immigration and agency rules when hiring an au pair or nanny
- share care with another family or arrange cooperative agreements
- keep a nanny or au pair happy enough to stay with your family
- fire a nanny who isn't working out

Complete with helpful checklists and examples of real-world situations from both nannies’ and employers’ perspectives, Nannies & Au Pairs is the only book to give you legally accurate, comprehensive information on safely selecting and managing the best in-home care for your children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413311907
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 6/5/2010
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilona Bray, J.D. is an award-winning author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, workplace wellness and nonprofit fundraising. Many of her books are consistent Nolo bestsellers, among them Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits, U.S. Immigration Made Easy and Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. Her latest book is entitled The Volunteers' Guide to Fundraising. She particularly enjoys interviewing people and weaving their stories into her books.

Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Master's degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, going to open houses and gardening.

Bray also blogs on ideas for raising money for your nonprofit at Nolo's Fundraising Tips for Busy Nonprofits and provides tips for anyone buying or selling a home at Nolo's Real Estate Tips for Home Buyers and Sellers — winner of the 2012 "Best Blog" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE). She is also an author on a popular Immigration Law Site and writes Nolo's Immigration Law Blog.

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