Have You Signed a Confidentiality Agreement?

Nanny Confidentiality Checklist

Whether you have signed a confidentiality agreement with your employers or not, an important characteristic that separates a professional nanny from a mere babysitter is that a professional nanny respects the private family issues of their employers. The next time you feel like complaining to your friends (and the friends of your employers) about your employer’s family life consider our nanny confidentiality checklist.

1. Use discretion about the family’s privacy. Do not gossip about private family issues. Refrain from using names of family when getting advice for general issues.
2. Do not post photos of the children in emails, on web sites, Facebook, or anywhere online without parental permission.
3. Do not share personal information about the children online or in nanny chat groups (ages, names, or where they attend school).
4. Do not read family personal mail, emails, or snoop into their personal affairs.
5. Do not enter parent’s bedroom, closets, drawers, and bathroom without permission.
6. Do not discuss important issues about the child to the teacher or doctor without the parent’s knowledge (unless criminal child abuse may be suspected, when communicating with teachers and doctors for advice is recommended).


  1. Good list and good advice. If parents would like a confidentiality agreement, they can have the nanny sign a separate document or, alternatively, insert a clause into the nanny's employment agreement stating that the nanny must keep information related to the family secret. That said, it's usually wise to discuss confidentiality during the hiring process or on the first day of work, so everyone's on the same page.

  2. Thanks for the insightful post on Confidentiality Agreement, i required this very urgent and the article was very helpful!@bose

  3. Never

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