Babysitter Contract

$29.00 inc. GST

  • Peace of mind for the babysitter AND the family
  • Avoid misunderstandings and disputes
  • Drafted in plain English by Australian lawyers
  • Complete our Babysitting Contract template in under 5 minutes

What is a Babysitter Contract?

A Babysitter Contract is a legal agreement between a babysitter and the parents/guardians of a child.

A Babysitter Contract covers all of the important terms and conditions, such as services, fees, payment terms, cancellations and refunds. It also includes important legal clauses for liability, intellectual property, confidentiality, dispute resolution and termination.

A well written agreement will not only provide you with legal protection, it will also help manage the expectations of both parties.

 

Who can use this template?

  • Babysitters
  • Families looking to hire a babysitter for their children

 

My family wants to hire a babysitter – can we use this Babysitter Contract?

Absolutely, that’s why we wrote it!

A contract is ideal to make sure everyone is on the same page.

You will just need to provide the contract to the babysitter before they start and ask them to fill in the blanks with their payment terms, hourly rates etc. Once you have both agreed, you can sign the last page to make it official.

Clearly communicating your expectations—and having a contract or agreement in place—can protect both parties.

 

Do I need a Babysitter Contract?

Yes, we definitely recommend it! A contract protects both the babysitter and the client.

Our Babysitter Contract template will help to set the ground rules in black and white so everyone is clear on their obligations and how everything will work. If there is ever a dispute or a problem, you can refer back to the contract.

A babysitter is taking on a fair amount of risk looking after someone else’s children, and we believe there is no job more important, so why not use a contract with your regular sitter for some peace of mind?

 

What does the Babysitter Contract template cover?

Our Babysitting Contract template covers everything you need:

  • Term – how long the babysitter will be hired for
  • Services – description of the babysitting services
  • Fees – hourly rates for the babysitter
  • Expenses – reimbursement of any extra expenses incurred (e.g. groceries, takeaway etc)
  • Payment Terms – when and how fees will be paid
  • Work Environment – this clause is included to ensure a safe work environment
  • Cancellations and Refund Policy – how to manage cancellations and refunds
  • Confidentiality – to protect confidential information between the two parties
  • Warranties – important legal clause
  • Limitation of Liability – to protect you against claims for losses and damages
  • Dispute Resolution – process to manage a dispute if a problem arises
  • Termination  – how either party can cancel the agreement
  • Events Beyond Control  – force majeure clause
  • General – standard contract clauses such as Entire Agreement, Severance and Governing Law

 

Other names for Babysitter Contract

  • Babysitter Terms and Conditions
  • Babysitter Services Agreement
  • Child Care Contract
  • Child Care Terms and Conditions

 

Does it matter how often we use the same babysitter?

It’s completely up to you if you want to use a contract for your babysitter but we recommend it for regular or longer term engagements.

Generally speaking, the more often they babysit, the more helpful having a formal contract can be to manage expectations.

If you have a routine babysitter that comes on a regular basis on a fairly regular schedule, say every Saturday night, you may wish to formalise your arrangement with a contract.

 

Can I use this Babysitter Contract template as a nanny or a family looking to employ a nanny?

No, it is NOT suitable for nannies or families looking to employ a nanny. You will need an employment contract in line with the National Employment Standards and conditions as set out by Fair Work Australia.

Many families pay their nanny an hourly rate without bothering with superannuation, PAYG tax and leave entitlements. Often this happens because the nanny advises the family that they have an ABN and are working as an independent contractor. Unfortunately, this is incorrect!

A nanny is usually classified as an employee by the ATO and they fall under the Miscellaneous Award.

 

Do I need to use this contract if a family member is looking after my kids?

No, it’s not common to make a family member sign a contract to look after your kids.

Why You Need This

Clearly set out the terms of the agreement

Lay the foundations for your babysitting agreement so everyone is clear on their obligations and how the arrangement will work.

Avoid Risk

Our Babysitter Contract will help you to avoid risk.

Deal with Disputes

Our template covers different situations and how to handle them –  it will help to avoid disputes in the future.

How does it work?

You could be up and running in as little as 5-10 minutes.

1.  Select the Babysitter Contract template in the Shop and click Add To Cart.

2.  Proceed to Checkout and complete your purchase.

3.  You will receive an email with a download link immediately after you have completed your purchase

4.  Open the document in Microsoft Word and complete the highlighted fields with your personal information (name, ABN etc). Your document will be ready to go in minutes!

FAQ

Is this template editable?

Yes, the template comes in Word format so you are free to make changes to the document.

However, we do not recommend you make changes outside of the fields we have highlighted in the document. The clauses and wording have been written by a lawyer for a good reason. Deleting clauses or modifying them can affect the legal protections contained in the document.

 

What if the law changes?

If the law changes, we’ll email you with the changes and updates to add to your existing templates. So please ensure you keep us updated if your email address changes.

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