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How to Hire a Summer Nanny – GTM Payroll Services

What is a Summer Nanny?

A summer nanny is a fantastic option for parents who need childcare during the summer months when school is out. Typically, a summer nanny is a college student on break or a school teacher who wants to work during the summer. They are passionate about working with children and enjoy being hands-on, coming up with fun activities, and even incorporating learning opportunities for your kids. While it may be more challenging to find a summer nanny compared to a permanent caregiver, their temporary presence can make your life easier and your children’s summer more enjoyable.

The Benefits of Hiring a Summer Nanny

There are several advantages to hiring a summer nanny for your family. Firstly, you have complete control over the care provided to your children. You can work together with your summer nanny to tailor activities and outings according to your children’s interests. Additionally, having a summer nanny means your children are cared for in the comfort of your home, eliminating the hassle of morning routines and transportation to summer camps. A summer nanny can also take your kids to various activities and appointments, giving you the flexibility to customize their summer schedule. Most importantly, your children can enjoy their summer with a sense of freedom after adhering to routines and schedules throughout the school year.

When to Start the Search for a Summer Nanny

It’s never too early to begin your search for a summer nanny. Waiting until the last minute can limit your options. Ideally, start searching, interviewing, and hiring in April or May to ensure you have a wide range of candidates to choose from. If you want a more streamlined process, consider reaching out to a local nanny agency or utilizing college job boards, referrals, social media groups, or word-of-mouth to find potential candidates.

Qualities to Look for in a Summer Nanny

When selecting a summer nanny, consider their experience with school-aged children. Since your children are older, it’s important to find a nanny who can engage and understand their needs. When interviewing candidates, discuss their availability and whether they can provide constructive learning activities. You should also communicate your expectations regarding outings, park visits, and other activities. Key factors to consider when evaluating candidates include their education level, experience as a nanny or teacher, specific skills or certifications (e.g., CPR, lifeguard training), and their ability to drive if necessary.

Vacation Considerations

If you have a vacation planned and want your summer nanny to accompany you, it’s essential to discuss this during the interview process or include it in the job description. Similarly, if you plan to go on vacation without your nanny, inform them in advance and discuss whether they will be compensated for that time or if they can make alternative plans. Additionally, inquire whether your nanny plans to take any time off during the summer to ensure you can arrange backup care if needed.

Making the Final Decision

Once you’ve found potential candidates through agencies, referrals, or other sources, it’s time to conduct interviews. Start with a short phone or virtual interview to get a sense of the candidate’s personality and qualifications. If they seem like a good fit, schedule an in-person meeting with your top choices. Observe how they interact with your children and ask open-ended questions to gauge their compatibility. Remember to conduct background checks and contact references, regardless of how you found your nanny.

Establishing a Working Relationship

Although a summer nanny position is temporary, it’s important to establish a professional working relationship. A nanny contract or work agreement can help outline expectations and responsibilities for both parties. Include details such as working hours, pay rates, job duties, pay frequency, start and end dates, deductions and withholdings, social media policies, house rules, COVID-19 protocols, and non-disclosure agreements. For assistance in creating a nanny contract, you can find free templates online.

Understanding Nanny Taxes

Even for summer nannies, it’s crucial to be aware of your nanny tax responsibilities. Summer nannies often meet the criteria for the “nanny tax,” which means you’ll need to withhold and pay FICA taxes (Social Security and Medicare) and potentially federal and state unemployment taxes. However, there are ways to reduce or eliminate some of these obligations. For example, if your job offers a dependent care FSA, your nanny’s wages can qualify as an expense. Additionally, their wages may be eligible for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, resulting in significant savings. Familiarize yourself with your specific tax obligations to ensure compliance.

Additional Considerations

To ensure your nanny’s success and your children’s safety, provide them with essential contact information, emergency contacts, and addresses of places they may visit during the day. Discuss safety measures, such as applying sunscreen, treating bug bites, and recognizing signs of dehydration. While playdates can be enjoyable, it’s important to establish boundaries and not allow every neighborhood child to come over. Clarify how costs for activities will be handled and determine transportation arrangements, including reimbursement for gas and mileage if necessary.

Building a Lasting Relationship

If your summer nanny proves to be an excellent fit for your family, you can cultivate a long-term relationship. They may be available for occasional babysitting or after-school care, and they might even return as your summer nanny in subsequent years. Staying in touch allows you to benefit from their experience and reliability.

GTM Payroll Services Can Provide Assistance

If you have any questions about hiring a summer nanny or need guidance regarding payroll and taxes, GTM Payroll Services is here to help. Contact us at (800) 929-9213 for a complimentary consultation with a household employment expert. We’ll discuss your obligations as a household employer and provide answers to all your questions regarding hiring and employing someone in your home. Schedule a consultation at your convenience to receive expert guidance on household payroll matters.

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