A nanny is an in-house childminder, who may or may not live with the family. The state does not subsidise private nannies, but some employers will contribute to the cost of a nanny. If you are looking for a nanny, contact one of the professional agencies. Be prepared to pay a commission fee of about a nanny’s monthly salary. If you employ a nanny, you are responsible for her contract, insurance and social security. It is important that your nanny be employed with a regular contract. Make sure your nanny is qualified, ideally as a «Fachfrau Betreuung», or licensed day care worker.