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Child Care Authorization

When to use Child Care Authorization

If your family employs a nanny, it is important to give your nanny specific, limited legal powers so that he or she may execute the job of taking care of your children effectively. Without your explicit permission, your nanny will not be legally empowered to undertake a number of tasks that may prove critical to his or her job description. For example, your child’s school will likely not release your child to an individual other than his or her parents unless you grant your nanny explicit permission to pick your child up from school. A child care authorization form can help you achieve this important goal in clear, efficient ways. All you need to do is outline the legal powers you authorize your nanny to have and specify under which circumstances these powers may be exercised. For example, you may grant your nanny to pick your child up from school, but only if you have specifically notified the school of the pick-up in writing earlier in the day. Or you can give your nanny unlimited power to do pick-ups from school. The choice is really up to you.


Before filling out your child care authorization form, take some time to think about what kinds of legal authority you will need to extend to your nanny in limited ways so that he or she can perform job functions effectively. Do you want your nanny to be able to call your child in sick to school? Can he or she transport your child to and from certain activities outside of school? This form is primarily used for practical, day-to-day minor decision-making that may easily be made by a non-parent but that still requires explicit permission. If you need your nanny to be able to make major decisions on behalf of your child, please consider filling out a power of attorney and/or a consent for medical treatment of a minor form.

Alternative Names

Child Care Authorization Letter
Child Care Authorization Form