Do you need a babysitter contract?

What law is relevant for babysitting?

Babysitting is regulated by the " Home Services Regulation" (Wet Dienstverlening aan Huis)

This Arrangement has been created to help individuals to help each other. For example, if the neighbor cuts your hedge for you or a neighbor who occasionally helps with shopping. But babysitting and cleaning are also included. The government wants to safeguard this from all sorts of complicated employers' taxes and contracts and that is why the service provision scheme exists. The official link can be found here:

How does the home service scheme work?

If a job meets all the conditions of the home service scheme, then the client is not seen as an employer. The assistance is therefore not employed. This makes the payment a lot easier. The client does not have to take into account financial or administrative consequences, for example, the tax authorities. The help must report his or her earnings to the tax authorities once a year.

Conditions of the home service scheme

To be covered by the home service scheme, the work must meet the following conditions:

  • The babysitter is there for a maximum of three days a week. How many hours a day's help works does not matter for the scheme. Even if the help only comes for one hour, it is seen as a working day.

  • Babysitting takes place in and around the house. This condition is widely taken. You can also do your shopping or babysitting in the babysitter's house or go to the zoo.

  • Both the babysitter and the family are private individuals and not companies

The following matters fall under the home service scheme

  • Babysitting

  • Chores in and around the house

  • To clean Care assistance

  • Shopping Gardening

Is babysitting legal?

The babysitter agrees on an hourly fee with the family.

The amount that the babysitter receives is the gross amount! So no tax has been paid yet. Every year the babysitter fills in what he or she has earned with the income tax. It is therefore important for the nanny to keep track of how much he/ she has worked and at what hourly rate.

This is made very simple and clear in the app 😊 The exact amount of tax depends on the amount earned and personal financial situation of the babysitter.