During this period of uncertainty with changes and new restrictions being enforced on a daily basis, it is important to to be vigilant with with hygiene to prevent the spread of covid-19, but also to ensure the mental and physical well-being of our children is maintained at all times no matter how disconcerting the situation is to us.
If you need a temporary nanny or emergency childcare, we can provide this service. Our nannies are Qualified or experienced in childcare, Paediatric First Aid Trained, DBS verified and maintain a well balanced, sensible and vigilant approach during this global health crisis. Many nannies are also Ofsted registered and will accept childcare vouchers/payments.
Our nannies are ready to help you, so whatever your requirement or budget, please get in touch especially if you are a key worker and need childcare in order to continue providing a crucial service at this time.
It has been found that our younger generation are less susceptible to coronavirus and it is the vulnerable and older generation that will suffer the consequences of Covid-19 which is why we are donating 10% of all temporary and emergency childcare bookings to AGE UK
OVERVIEW – CORONAVIRUS
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what you need to do.
CORONAVIRUS AND NANNIES
There is no reason why your nanny shouldn’t come to work as usual unless of course they are self isolation due to illness or precaution due to potential exposure to covid-19. Our advice to nannies is to carry out all the necessary precautionary measures such as good hygiene, regular hand washing and sanitising, but also to ensure they are being vigilant when it comes to social distancing, using public transport and following all guidance in accordance with HMRC, ACAS, THE NHS and WHO.
Our current recommendation for nanny employers is that all interviews for new permanent and temporary nanny positions are done via video-messaging initially, and a meeting only scheduled once both parties have met virtually, discussed the role are happy to proceed.
It is important that you are happy with the measures your nanny is taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus whilst working in your home environment. We therefore recommend outlining your exact requirements to your nanny in this respect, especially if you have elderly relatives or vulnerable persons at the same property. Your nanny will always be respectful of your wishes, do remember, we are at a time of great uncertainty so asking your nanny to follow specific criteria set by you is not unreasonable. Examples would be use/avoidance of specific zones within the property, regularity of hand washing, measures to be taken with leaving the property when necessary and keeping you informed of any risk, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
CORONAVIRUS AND SICK PAY FOR NANNIES
Small Employers including Employers/Parents employing Nannies will be refunded for sick pay payments for two weeks (£94.25 per week)– conditions apply which currently include Employees/Nannies consulting a doctor or NHS 111 and being told to self-isolate.
Emergency legislation is being brought forward for employees who are self-isolating because of coronavirus (COVID-19). They will be able to get SSP from the first day they are off work. This will begin from 13 March.
HOW TO AVOID CATCHING AND SPREADING CORONAVIRUS
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
- only travel on public transport if you need to
- work from home, if you can
- avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
- avoid events with large groups of people
- use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services