Coronavirus and Nanny Employment

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Coronavirus and Nanny Employment:

What You Need To Know

Current Government Guidelines:

Anyone with a new continuous cough or high temperature (37.8 degrees or above), however mild, must self-isolate for 7 days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms. If anyone in your household is showing symptoms, you should also stay at home for 14 days.  Read the NHS stay at home advice here.

We are taking every precaution to ensure our nannies and clients stay safe by following official Government Guidelines and NHS Advice.  It is our priority to help prevent the spread of the virus and follow official government guidance.

Interviewing Candidates

We ask that you initially interview candidates via video. If you then would like to meet in person for a second interview or trial, please maintain social distancing measures by keeping 2 metres apart and conduct the interview outdoors where possible.  

Guidelines for our Nannies

Our nannies have strict instructions for regular handwashing throughout the day. Daily temperature checks, cycling or walking to work where possible, and self-isolating if symptoms appear are required.

Talk to your Nanny

We encourage you to have regular conversations with your nanny. Preparing yourselves as much as possible in the event yourself or your nanny have to self-isolate is important. We advise you to look at the nanny furlough process so you have an understanding of your options. Having these conversations in good time will reduce stress further down the line.


Can I Still Have A Nanny?

Yes. On October 16th 2020 the government announced a tier structure. These tiers excluded Nannies, childcare and other domestic employees from the restrictions.

Other childcare related activities which are exempt are after school clubs, sporting activities and childminders.

Those who need to visit other people’s homes for their work can continue to do so. See guidance on working safely in other people’s homes

Government guidance applies to those working in, visiting or delivering to home environments. These include, but are not limited to, people working in the following areas:

  • in home workers – such as repair services, fitters, meter readers, plumbers, cleaners, cooks, visiting childcare providers, and surveyors (this is not an exhaustive list)

We are encouraging temporary Live-in childcare during lockdown wherever possible to limit contact between households and unnecessary travel.  The nanny can return to usual work arrangements when restrictions are lifted.

Can I furlough my nanny?

Yes, the Government has confirmed that domestic and nanny employers are eligible for the Coronavirus Job retention scheme (CJRS), which has been extended to 31st March 2021. Employers can backdate the start date of a furlough agreement to 1 November provided that the furlough agreement is in place on, or before, FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2020.

Read more about the Government’s extended furlough scheme here.

You can get further detailed guidance and information on how to furlough your nanny from Nannytax, the UK’s leading nanny payroll provider.

How does recruitment work during the lockdown?

We have a large database of candidates already on our books, all of whom have been interviewed in person or via video by us.  New recruits will be interviewed via video calls and taken through the same rigorous screening process that we have always had in place.

We will send you CVs as we normally would and then arrange video interviews with your preferred candidates.

If you would like a second interview and trial day in person before putting in a job offer, we ask that you do this in an outdoor space, where possible.  If an outdoor meeting is not possible, we ask that you stick to social distancing measures indoors. Please cancel the interview if anyone in your household is showing symptoms or has been in contact with anyone showing symptoms.

Can my nanny help with home schooling?

Yes, definitely.  Our nannies can follow the schedule issued by the school or implement their own bespoke schedule. They will meet the needs of individual children and make sure a high standard of learning is maintained.

This is a stressful time for many families. Having someone on hand to support learning so that you can get on with your own work will take away some of the pressure. Another pair of hands will also help with the smooth running of the household during this challenging time.

Can my nanny live with us during lockdown?

This is a conversation you need to have with your nanny.  If the nanny is happy to do so, and you have a spare bedroom, then this could be an option for your family. This will help avoid movement between households.  They can move out when travel restrictions are lifted.

How can my nanny safely get to work?

The Government has stated that those who cannot work from home should continue to travel to work and attend their workplace. Some alternatives to using public transport include walking, cycling, getting a taxi or using your own car to pick up and drop off your nanny.  We want to take our nannies off public transport and limit movement as much as possible.

How does SSP work with Coronavirus?

The weekly rate was £94.25 before 6 April 2020 and is now £95.85.

You can pay your employee more than the statutory amount but you can only claim up to the weekly rate paid.

Sickness unrelated to coronavirus will follow the usual rules (i.e. commencing on day 4) and will not be reimbursed by the government.

The SSP Rebate Scheme is a scheme designed to cover sick pay, for up to 2 weeks, starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either:

  • have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
  • cannot work because they are self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms
  • Are shielding and have a letter from the NHS or a GP telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks

If your nanny chooses to self-isolate as a precaution but does not fall into one of the above categories, they can take this time either as holiday or unpaid leave.

Find out more about our Temp Nanny and Permanent Nanny services or call us on 020 7177 2249