Taxes, salaries and contracts


A professional nanny will need guaranteed hours and pay, a safe work environment and a schedule which provides a healthy work/life balance.


Nanny salaries vary depending on experience, qualifications, the location, duties, responsibilities and the job requirements. 

The hourly average nanny rate in the Netherlands is €13 - 21 plus gross.

For a maternity nanny or Newborn Care Specialist the rate would be higher depending on their experience and qualifications. 

Nannies registered with Holgate Nannies are not entitled to the government childcare allowance. 

It's common for nannies to travel with their nanny family either annually, monthly or weekly. When travelling with work it’s the employer’s responsibility to cover the following costs:

  • All travel expenses

  • All meals for the nanny on and off duty

  • All transportation costs

  • Provide and cover the costs of own room for the nanny.

Travel schedules, travel plans, providing travel insurance and pay should be discussed in advance of travelling. Depending on the travel the nanny may charge a separate inconvenience fee or if the travel is regular the monthly salary should be increased according.


It's important you research the legal and tax requirements for having or working as a nanny in the Netherlands.

Nannies who work four or more days 


Legally nannies working more than three days per week for the same family must be employed.

The employer will need to provide the following:

  • Organise payment of nanny's taxes and insurances

  • Four weeks or more paid vacation

  • 8% holiday pay

  • Sick pay. 

Nannies who work three or less days Nannies who work three days or less can work under the Regeling Dienstverlening aan Huis (Home services scheme) or be employed or self employed. For all three options taxes must be declared.


Under the Regeling Dienstverlening aan Huis the family will need to provide the following: ​

  • Four weeks or more paid vacation

  • 8% holiday pay

  • 70% sick pay for six weeks. 

Nannies working under Regeling Dienstverlening aan Huis can file taxes as autonomous non-entrepreneur. Nannies who are autonomous non-entrepreneurs are required to insure themselves with UWV for WIA and WW. The Nanny is responsible and liable for paying the applicable (i.a., wage, income, etc) taxes, levies and withholdings over the salary. The family will need to organise a proof of work document for the nanny. 


Nannies who work three days or less can also be employed.

Self employed/freelance nannies also referred to as autonomous entrepreneur will be registered at KVK. The nanny will invoice for payments. It depends on the nannies KVK registration and annual income if you will need to pay VAT. They usually work part time for a variety of families. Self employed nannies are paid a higher hourly rate as they are not guaranteed paid holiday or sick pay. 


It is the family and nannies mutual decision if they choose to have a contract. It is something we highly recommend. 


Holgate Nannies is an agency that connects families with nannies and provides you with this template contract as a complimentary to it's services. The provision of this contract cannot be regarded as (legal) advice or any other service outside the scope of Holgate Nannies. Although the template contract has been prepared with the fullest care, Holgate Nannies does not accept any risk or liability for damages following from its use. Use of the template is thus at your own risk. Holgate Nannies encourages their clients to seek individual advice in order to understand the fiscal, financial and legal consequences of taking on a nanny.