Your ability to attract and keep a qualified caregiver is likely to depend in part upon the extras you offer her. The work agreement should indicate what your benefits package includes, such as holidays, vacation, sick leave, and personal leave. It should specify whether the caregiver may take vacation at times of her choice or only when the family takes a vacation. The document might also describe the care giver's access to and use of your car, whether for child-related errands only or for personal use; details of any health insurance coverage you are providing; and details of any "perks," such as a private phone line, cable television, etc.

Since part-time employees in other professions often receive fewer benefits than their full-time colleagues, or none at all, you may be tempted to think the same should hold true for part-time caregivers. However, finding and keeping a good part-time caregiver is sometimes even more difficult than finding a caregiver to work full time, and many families decide it makes good economic sense to offer almost the same benefits to a part-time caregiver as full-time caregivers receive.

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