Facts about hiring a nanny in Minnesota - Hand in Hand Nannies

Some of the most common questions that we receive at

Hand In Hand Nanny Agency are:

Are the nannies an employee of the agency or of the family?

Nannies placed in your home from our agency are an employee of the family and not the agency. Since a nanny is legally a household employee the family is responsible for payroll and taxes related to employing a household employee. There is no monthly fee incurred by the agency or taken out of the nanny's paycheck. The family pays the nanny directly either weekly or bi-weekly. Hand in Hand Nannies will help you establish the best way for your family to complete payroll for your nanny. As the placement agency we ensure that you are 100% comfortable with payroll prior to your nanny's first day of employment.

How does the Tax Process work with our nanny?

If you are hiring a nanny and you expect to pay your nanny more than $2,00 in a calendar year you must withhold taxes from the nanny's paycheck and you as the employer must also pay in taxes for that employee. The IRS has deemed that household workers are considered employees therefore they must be paid for and reported as employees and not as independent contractors. Employers can either take care of their nanny's payroll on their own or you can also outsource this work to another company. Some of these companies may include GTM Payroll, HomePay, or Homework Solutions. We work very closely with all three of the above companies to ensure that families are paying their nannies legally and so that the process is stress free!

Here is a direct link to our payroll partner HomePay  - www.myhomepay.com/handinhand

Here is a direct link to our payroll partner GTM Payroll Services - https://gtm.com/household/hand-in-hand-nannies/


What makes Hand in Hand Nannies different from the other agencies?

At Hand in Hand Nannies we take a much more personalized approach to the nanny industry. Shara puts a great emphasis on getting to know with each family and nanny that she works with. This helps to ensure that when a nanny is placed with a family, that that is truly the best fit both parties and personalities. After finalizing placements, we continue to be a support system and check in with families and nannies to ensure that everyone is doing well in their new roles. Shara is a great resource to nannies and families should any questions arise throughout their placement and she is always willing to offer her advice and best strategies.

What is the average pay for a nanny in the Twin Cities area?

The typical nanny in the Twin Cities area earns anywhere from $13 - $20+ an hour, but this can vary greatly depending on their qualifications, experience level, and education.  The number of children being cared for, position hours, and job responsibilities may also increase their salary/hourly wage.    

These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning
  • Running errands for the family
  • Menu Planning/Cooking meals for the children and family
  • Bringing the children to and from activities
  • Planning and implementing various activities throughout the week for the children to partake in
  • Laundry
  • Grocery Shopping

What kind of benefits do families typically provide their nannies with?

Typically families provide their nannies with normal employee benefits that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Paid Sick days
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Holidays
  • Mileage Reimbursement (the current rate is .57 cents per mile)
  • Health Insurance compensation
  • Petty cash for outings and meals during those outings
  • Annual Memberships to Activities (Zoo, Museums, Water parks, Underwater Adventures, etc)

Are you able to provide resources to nannies so that they can properly network, continue their education and get out with the children in the community?

Yes, yes and yes! I highly encourage that nannies are able to be proactive with the children in their care and organize various field trips and play dates throughout the week. When children are able to burn energy during the day, parents typically come home to much happier children and child care providers. Having been a nanny myself in the Twin Cities I am a great resource to those nannies that need help and guidance on age appropriate field trips, activities, and I am also able to provide contact information for other nannies in their area. I provide a list of local activities, museums, parks,  and much more to families during their in home consultations that they can use for their own purposes or provide to their nannies upon hire.

Another great resource I like to inform my nannies about is a local Nanny Blog, The Nanny Guide founded by a local nanny who has many great insights in to the nanny world, arts and crafts, how to communicate with your employer, and much more! More information can be found on her blog, The Nanny Guide Blog.