Share a nanny

Many families find that sharing a nanny with another family makes an otherwise expensive childcare option affordable.

How does a nanny share work?

A nanny share, the common term for this arrangement, is where two or more families employ the same nanny to either care for all children at the same time or divide her time between the families.

Although it isn’t necessary for the families to know each other, some communication between them is advisable; in fact a lack of communication is one of the main reasons why these arrangements sometimes fail.

How do we pay a shared nanny?

There are two options for how the nanny’s payroll can be managed:

Option 1

One family can be designated as the main employer using all of the nanny’s personal tax allowance. This means that the main employer will pay proportionally more to the nanny and less in tax and National Insurance contributions. The second employer will therefore pay proportionally less to the nanny and more in tax and National Insurance. Overall the amounts will balance out and the nanny will be paid and taxed correctly.

Option 2

If the nanny gives permission, her tax code can be split so that each family pays a proportional amount of tax, National Insurance and the nanny’s take-home pay.

At Nannytax, we have a dedicated Nanny Shares team who specialise in advising clients on nanny shares and managing both options.

What about holidays?

It is a good idea to work out holidays well in advance or this can prove a sticking point. Often people work out holidays for a shared nanny by each family choosing one week, the nanny choosing one week, and the remaining holiday (one week more if providing statutory minimum amount of holiday) is chosen together.

How to make a nanny share successful

Communication and Compromise are the key to a successful nanny share. There are a lot of issues that need to be agreed by all parties and it is important that nobody feels they are being taken advantage of.

For example, if all children are being taken care of in one house, who pays for heating, breakages and food? Who decides what the children will eat and shops for it? What if the same activities are not appropriate or wanted for all children? What happens if the nanny is off sick?

It is a good idea to list as many of these potential compromise areas at the beginning and agree solutions. It is then advisable to maintain open communication, perhaps with regular meetings or ‘coffee dates’ to actively consider whether there are any new issues to discuss.

01.07.2014 | Change is good . . .

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