If you're a nanny, read our advice for nannies by clicking here.
Our top priorities are to keep our families and nannies safe and healthy, and to help public health authorities fight the spread of the virus. It is essential to follow the official NHS advice.
Can a nanny work at the moment?
Yes, as long as neither household has someone with symptoms of COVID-19 or has been asked to self-isolate. This applies to all tiers of COVID alert levels, including the lockdown in England during November 2020.
We’re sure you’ve seen the latest Lockdown restrictions that are due to start on Thursday 5th November. Thankfully the rules for childcare have been kept consistent so there is less disruption for working families.
The government guidance states that "Nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home".
The guidance also allows for work to take place in your home which covers nannies: "Where it is necessary to work in other people’s homes - for example, for nannies, cleaners or tradespeople - you can do so."
Click here to read the full government guidance relating to national lockdown.
Click here for examples of when your nanny can't work in your home and what steps to take if this happens.
In all cases, we strongly encourage you to talk to your nanny about their living situation and commute, to make sure that they are following social distancing guidelines. We are also regularly communicating with our nannies about how to stay as safe and healthy as possible throughout this time.
How can my nanny travel to work safely?
Wherever possible, nannies should avoid public transport and instead walk, cycle or drive to the family's home. When you're searching for a nanny with us, we'll only show you nannies who live within walking or cycling distance of your home.
If public transport is unavoidable, social distancing must be followed. The law requires people to wear face coverings on public transport. This is to help prevent the virus spreading in case you have it asymptomatically.
Alternatively, some families are choosing to drive their nanny by car. Other parents who cannot do their jobs without a nanny and whose nannies face longer commutes are planning for their nanny to live in their house temporarily. Many are successfully doing bursts of virtual nannying to support parents to work from home.
How can my nanny work safely in my home?
Your nanny should socially distance (stay 2m apart) from members of the household they aren’t caring for as much as possible. This means they aren’t expected to socially distance from the children.
Other recommendations to work safely include:
- Regularly wash hands, especially on arrival.
- Regularly clean touched objects and surfaces, for example door handles, kitchen items and toys. Use your normal household cleaning products.
- Keep internal doors open where possible to minimise contact.
- Maintain good ventilation, for example keep windows and doors open, or be outside where possible.
It is optional to wear a face covering while working as a nanny, but is it not required by law. The other measures mentioned above are the best ways to manage risk, and you should not rely upon wearing a face covering only.
Please note that face coverings should not be used by children under the age of two, or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly, for example primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions. If your nanny is considering wearing a face covering at work, we recommend you both read all of the guidance provided in this article.
Please note however that we do recommend wearing a face covering for face to face interviews and trial shifts.
It’s important to communicate clearly and regularly with your nanny, to align on expectations about what your nanny must do to manage risk and also what measures you are taking. If either you or your nanny has concerns, it’s important to raise these early.
In an emergency, for example, an accident, fire, or break-in, people do not have to stay 2m apart if it would be unsafe.
Click here to read the full government guidance on working safely in other people's homes.
Advice on interviewing nannies
If you're not working with a nanny right now but are hoping to hire one, we would recommend arranging phone or video interviews in the first instance as we think it is best for nannies to avoid visiting multiple homes for interviews.
If you do conduct interviews at home you should, wherever possible, maintain social distancing (stay 2m apart) and take particular care to maintain excellent hygiene:
· Regularly wash hands, especially on arrival.
· Regularly clean touched surfaces, for example door handles, and try to keep internal doors open where possible to minimise contact.
· Maintain good ventilation, for example keep windows and doors open, or be outside where possible.
· Disinfect surfaces when a guest uses shared facilities, like bathrooms.
We also recommend that both families and nannies wear a face covering for face to face interviews. You might want to consider allowing the nanny to remove their face covering when engaging with children as they may be more dependent on facial expressions, clear sound and lip reading (this is allowed in the government regulations).
You may also wish to consider the following discussion points with nannies:
- Adherence in recent weeks and in future to latest social distancing, self-isolation and household-isolation advice.
- The work situation in both households e.g. working from home, working in a healthcare setting, commuting by public transport.
- How the nanny will get to work.
- Any symptoms of COVID-19 in either household in the last 14 days.
How are Koru Kids supporting its nannies?
We think it's incredibly important to continue supporting our nannies who are working during this uncertain time.
- We have three trained, experienced teachers on staff (2 primary, 1 secondary) who are available to support nannies with any individual issues
- Our nannies receive a weekly schedule or activity ideas, in addition to any specifics you’ll send their way. You can find them here
- We're giving nannies tips on how to navigate childcare while the parents are home (it isn’t always straightforward!)
- Nannies have access to a private facebook group of other Koru Kids nannies where they can get ideas and support from each other as well as from us
- We are emphasising coronavirus safety to our nannies, including frequent hand washing and social distancing in their non-nanny lives
- We're providing tips on how to do virtual nannying for those working remotely
- Free CACHE- and NCFE-accredited online training courses
How can I update my search requirements to find the right nanny?
To make sure that nannies see exactly what you need, we highly recommend updating your profile and the following key sections:
- Update your start date: you can now tell us more clearly when you need care, and how long for. This will display to nannies.
- Write a job description: you can add more details about what sort of care you need right now. This will display to nannies.
- Make your job visible to nannies: select 'Post my job to nanny job board' on your job details. This will allow local nannies to find your job description, and apply directly.
If you've signed up with us already, you can update your requirements by logging into your account. Just click the icon in the top right-hand corner and click 'Your job details'.
If you haven't yet created an account, click here to sign up.