Koru Kids have been keeping up to date with the latest Government guidance, we've spoken to a number of schools and to the NHS Test & Trace service. This article sets out our understanding of when you can and can't work together, and reminds you what you should do to work safely in the home.

This article covers:

✅ When nannies can continue to go to work

❌ When nannies can't go to work

❓ Common questions like pay and shielding if vulnerable

✳️ Working safely in the home

Nannies can continue to go to work if...

Everyone in the household is well but certain members may be self-isolating, taking extra precautions or at home

Examples where your nanny can continue to work:

  • Your child has been sent home due to staff shortages and they haven’t been told to self-isolate by school
  • Someone else in the family’s household is in quarantine after returning from abroad, so long as they can self-isolate effectively from the rest of the household and nanny
  • Someone else in the nanny’s household is in quarantine after returning from abroad, so long as they can self-isolate effectively from the nanny
  • Someone else in the family’s household has been contacted by Track & Trace (or if it’s another child, sent home and told to self-isolate by school), so long as they can self-isolate effectively from the rest of the household and nanny, and don’t develop symptoms
  • Anyone in the family’s household who thinks they’ve been in contact with someone with symptoms or who has tested positive, but who has NOT been contacted by NHS Track & Trace (or school if it’s a child), so long as they don’t develop symptoms
  • The nanny thinks they’ve been in contact with someone with symptoms or who has tested positive, but they have NOT been contacted by NHS Track & Trace, so long as they don’t develop symptoms

Nannies can't go to work if...

Either the nanny's or family's entire household is self-isolating.

Examples where your nanny can't go to work:

  • Your child has symptoms, has tested positive, has been told to self-isolate by school or NHS Track & Trace, or is in quarantine after returning from abroad
  • Your nanny has symptoms, has tested positive, has been told to self-isolate by NHS Track & Trace, or is in quarantine after returning from abroad
  • Anyone else in your household (or support bubble) has symptoms or has tested positive
  • Anyone else in your nanny’s household (or support bubble) has symptoms or has tested positive

Common Questions:

What if the area I live in is put in to "Tier 3 (Very High alert)" or "Tier 4 (Stay at Home)"?

There are exceptions from the legal gatherings limits for childcare. This means nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home, at all levels of alert.

What if the nanny is ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’?

If nannies are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’, they are advised to shield during the national lockdown which was announced on 4th January 2021.

Does the nanny get paid if they can’t go to work?

If the nanny can’t go to work because the family’s household is self-isolating, the family should continue to pay for their usual working hours. We strongly recommend the family and nanny agree upfront how many hours will be submitted.

If the nanny’s household is self-isolating, then the nanny may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay. If the nanny is not eligible, the family may agree to continue paying for their usual working hours, although they are not obliged to. We strongly recommend the family and nanny discuss this as early as possible.

If the nanny should go to work but decides not to, they need to take this as unpaid leave.

✳️ Working safely in the home:

  • Regularly wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially on arrival.
  • Regularly clean touched objects and surfaces, for example door handles, kitchen items and toys. Use normal household cleaning products.
  • Keep internal doors open where possible to minimise contact with surfaces and handles.
  • 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.

For full advice on Coronavirus, click on the links below:

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