Sennies are offering emergency childcare for Qualified Teachers, Tutors, Nannies and SEN Nannies. Please check out our Covid-19
Home and online Schooling page for more information.
UPDATE (21st 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. This also means that if anyone in your household is showing symptoms, you should also stay at home for 14 days. If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible. Read the NHS stay at home advice here.
Our top priorities are to keep our families and child carers safe and healthy, and to help public health authorities fight the spread of Covid-19. It is essential to follow the official NHS advice.
Please tell your nanny/teacher if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus infection (a new continuous cough or high temperature), however mild. Your family should self-isolate for 14 days and your nanny should not come to work.
You should also check with your nanny/teacher in case they are displaying symptoms, and encourage them to check 111 online in case they're unsure (do not call 111 unless they are experiencing severe symptoms). If your nanny is experiencing coronavirus symptoms, however mild, they should not come to work.
If you or your nanny/teacher needs to self-isolate, you should read the NHS stay at home advice.
Can we still use our Nanny/Teacher or make a new hire during this time?
Currently the answer is yes.
One nanny/teacher working with one family is currently the safest form of childcare bar none.
We recommend only one nanny/teacher working with one family, both practising social distancing from all others.
We strongly recommend that nannies/teachers walk, cycle or drive to the family's home. Some families are choosing to pick their nanny/teacher up by car in the morning.
We are closely monitoring government advice and if it changes, we will update this article.
How can my Nanny/Teacher get to work?
The official advice is currently to avoid public transportation, however it is still permissible for people to go to work if their work cannot be done from home (which nannying cannot be). Many parents are performing critical work, and nannies can be seen as essential workers to allow this to continue.
Of course everyone’s safety must be top priority. If anyone has any symptoms (nanny or family, or anyone in their households), the nanny should not come to work.
Here are ways that other parents and nannies/teachers are solving the issue of how to get to work:
- Many nannies/teachers are walking, driving or cycling to work, even if they don’t normally
- Many parents are paying for Uber's for their nanny/teacher each day
- Many parents with cars are driving to the nanny/teachers house to pick them up each morning
- Some nannies/teachers are preparing to temporarily move into the family’s house for the duration of the lockdown, however long that is
How can my Nanny/Teacher help me while I'm at home?
We have heard from lots of parents that their nanny/ Homeschool teacher is going to be a key source of support for their family over the next few weeks/months, allowing them to keep working from home. When your nanny is doing a great job in the next room, you’ll be able to concentrate on what you need to do too.
Keep an eye on the Sennies blog for lots of home based activities.
Should I pay my nanny if they can't come to work?
Our strong recommendation is that if you or your nanny are self-isolating, then YES you should continue to pay your nanny, even if they cannot come to work.
To help our families and nannies, if you don’t need your nanny right now, but think you will again in the future, please take a look at the government's new wage grant, which will pay 80% of your Nannies wage (if already employed with a PAYE contract) whilst they cannot work or are not needed, more information can be found here .
Please talk directly with your nanny at the earliest opportunity, no matter what situation you’re in, so you are all clear on expectations.
What about Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)?
Please note that the current guidance is that SSP is only payable where the nanny is self-isolating (i.e. they or someone in their household is showing symptoms). We will continue to update guidance as the situation develops.
As you might be aware, the government has recently announced that it will repay all SSP claims for employers with less than 250 employees. We believe this will apply to families employing a nanny.
What if I'm still interviewing nannies/teachers?
We currently recommend continuing with interview as there is soon to be a rise in demand, so having a nanny or teacher ready to start in 2 weeks ensures you get the best support for your families in your local area. We also recommend all interviews to take place via phone or video. If the nanny/teacher lives nearby then you may want to have a face to face interview before starting - check with the nanny directly.
If you or the nanny/teacher are advised to self-isolate, please do not have face to face interviews.
Please talk directly with your nanny/teacher at the earliest opportunity, no matter what situation you’re in, so you are all clear on expectations
If your children need any form of support from academic to therapy intervention, please email and we can discuss the best way to assist you.
Please check out our FREE Teacher Forum where you can ask qualified teachers from specific Ket Stages question you or your child have about academic work.
The Sennies Team
If you are an educator or Nanny and what to apply to become a Home/Online Teacher please fill in our online application