The severe lack of childcare places in Ireland along with a move towards flexible working means that, as a result, more and more parents are choosing to have their children minded in their own home by a nanny.
There are also lots of advantages to this type of childcare including not having to bundle the kids out of the house each morning to get to creche, less sickness, continuity of care and of course less time off work when the children are sick. In addition, your nanny may also carry out other duties around the house including preparation of meals, laundry taking children to school, pick-up etc.
It can also be a more viable option financially when you have two or more children. However, when you hire a nanny, childminder, or au pair to look after your children in your home, you become their employer. We have compiled some helpful to assist you when interviewing childminders and nannies.
As an employee, your nanny is entitled to a number of legal rights and entitlements.
As an employer, you have a set of obligations and responsibilities that you must adhere to including:
Revenue has produced a helpful guide to registering as an employer which you may find useful:
Register online as an employer: