The government’s advice still remains that registered childcare providers, including nannies, can provide childcare support in private homes. Of course, you and your nanny will need to make an informed decision based on your own circumstances and we advise you to see the government’s guidance on working safely in other people’s homes.
You may also wish to carry out a personal risk assessment. Here is a document from the Health & Safety Executive on what to include:
Our partner Nannytax monitors government advice daily and provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of nanny employment in these very unprecedented times.
We also advise families and nannies to visit the gov.uk website regularly for all up to date information.
In these uncertain and worrying times After School Nannies is adapting our service to make it more user friendly and affordable for families. We are also doing our best to keep our nannies in work and to listen to their concerns.
We understand that money is tight right now and it’s hard to justify having extra childcare at a time when parents are working from home. It’s also worrying to invite someone from outside your own family into your home. We suspect that many families are pulling in their horns in the shadow of potential redundancies and uncertain ongoing employment. We fear that many women are “double-shifting” – starting work early, breaking off mid-afternoon to do the after school pick-up and routine, and then going back to work late at night once children are in bed and the evening meal is over.
Of course we want to bolster our own business but we also genuinely want to support families and give part-time work opportunities to people who need them. It’s a rapidly changing world and the future of childcare – particularly after school childcare – is difficult to predict. So for now we want to become part of your Covid support network. Many of our nannies have told us that they are more than happy to offer childcare help at any time of the day – not just the usual after school hours. They are also happy to provide emergency cover and understand that families are not in a position to offer long term commitment at this time.
So why not subscribe to After School Nannies for the peace of mind that if you need someone to cover you for a morning while you go to an appointment, give you a bit of respite cover during extra busy work periods or just give you time to do some online Christmas shopping, our nannies are ready and waiting.
We are also offering bespoke matching help – free of charge at this time – to make your search as easy as possible. Just email us at info@afterschoolnannies. We’re more than happy to help you draw up a short-list of potential candidates, help you set up interviews and offer advice. We’d also love to hear from you. Tell us how you’re coping. How do you see your childcare needs evolving?
If we support each other we will come through this stronger.