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Coronavirus and Nanny Employment

By April 3, 2020 April 16th, 2020 No Comments
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Coronavirus and Nanny Employment:

What You Need To Know

Current Government Guidelines (24th March):

Anyone with a new continuous cough or high temperature (37.8 degrees or above), however mild, is advised to 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 the advice of health officials.

If you or your nanny need to self-isolate please follow social distancing guidance and NHS stay at home advice.

Interviewing Candidates

We ask that you interview candidates via video. If you decide to meet in person, please maintain social distancing measures by keeping 2 metres apart.  We are asking nannies to work with one family at a time.

Guidelines for our Nannies

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

We are asking nannies to work with only one family at a time, rather than multiple families. This also applies to our temp nannies who would normally work for several families in any given week.

Talk to your Nanny

We encourage you to have regular conversations about employment options with your nanny. Preparing yourselves as much as possible in the event yourself or your nanny go into isolation is important. As is a conversation about furloughing or taking time off. Having these conversations in good time will reduce stress further down the line.

We also ask that you consider whether it is ‘absolutely necessary’ for your nanny to travel to work.


 

Can I Still Have A Nanny?

In a word, yes.  The Government have said that those who absolutely can’t work from home can still go to work if it is absolutely necessary.  As a nanny can not work from home, they are currently allowed to continue to go to work.  However, we ask you to consider whether it is ‘absolutely necessary’ that they come to work.

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

Can I furlough my nanny?

Yes, the Government have confirmed that domestic and nanny employers are eligible for the Coronavirus Job retention scheme. You must have had your nanny on a payroll scheme prior to 28th Feb 2020.

You can get further 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, most of whom have been interviewed in person 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 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 we advise your nanny to live with you during lockdown. This will help avoid movement between households.  They can move out when travel restrictions are lifted.

How can my nanny safely get to work?

Government guidance is asking everyone to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to travel to and from home.  If it is not viable for your nanny to temporarily live with you, then there are feasible alternatives. Some alternatives 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?

We are waiting for confirmation on whether Coronavirus SSP reimbursement extends to nanny employers.  The Government have announced that they will reimburse SSP (currently a flat rate of £94.25 per week) from day one of the Coronavirus sickness for a period of 14 days for small businesses.

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

If your nanny has been advised by Public Health to self-isolate because they fall into one of the below categories, they will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, which is currently £94.25 per week.

These include:

  • They have been diagnosed with coronavirus
  • They have coronavirus symptoms
  • They have been advised to self-isolate by a doctor of NHS 111
  • Someone within their household has coronavirus symptoms (in this case everyone within the household must self-isolate for 14 days)

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