NannyUp: Session 2

This page contains all of the documents you need to during the second session of NannyUp training. 

The Session 2 presentation in English here

The Session 2 presentation in Spanish here.

The Session 2 NannyUp evaluation form is here.

Taxes and Your Paycheck

If you don’t have a Social Security Number (SSN) you may want to apply for an Individual Tax ID number (ITIN). Josue Alcala is a Redwood City tax advisor who can help you apply for an ITIN. Josue gives free consultations. His website is here

To see the difference in your paycheck between taking taxes out of your paycheck and not taking taxes out of your paycheck, see this document. To see an example of a paycheck with taxes taken out, see this sample paycheck.

If you want to determine how much will be taken out of your paycheck, go to this tax withdrawal calculator. 

Nanny interview

You need to be well-prepared when you interview for a nanny job. Here is a link to questions your employer may ask you. And here is a link to questions you may want to ask your employer. Here are some tips for a successful interview:

  • Know your hourly rate and whether you want your employer to pay taxes for you before the interview starts.

  • Dress professionally.

  • Bring a notebook and take notes during the interview.

  • Bring your Nanny Portfolio to the interview (of course!)

  • Prepare a list of questions to ask your employer.

Asking for a Raise

Most workers get a raise every year and nannies should do that to. You can ask for a raise on your work anniversary, that is, after you’ve been at your job for a year, two years, etc. Or you can ask for a raise after something has changed on your job, for example, your boss had a baby or you received your ECE certificate.

Here is some advice on asking for a raise: 

  • Know what other nannies in your area earn. If your pay is about the same as the pay of other nannies, you still can ask for a raise. It is common to ask for about a 5 percent raise.

  • Plan when you will ask for the raise. You might say something like, “Do you have some time this week to to discuss how things have gone this past year and also discuss a possible raise?” You also can send an email asking your employer to choose a time to talk about this.

  • Be ready to explain why you deserve a raise. Make a list before you talk to your boss so you’re well prepared. Try to talk about specific things you have done and how they have helped the family. 

  • Be ready to negotiate: Your boss may not be able to give you the raise you request, but she may present other options. For example, maybe she will suggest that you get three small raises over the next year or she will offer you additional vacation days. If you are flexible, you are more likely to find a good solution. 

An excellent article about asking for a raise is here. 

Nanny contracts

Nanny contracts ensure that the nanny and the employer have the same expectations. You can find a sample Nanny contract here.