Here at our agency, we have been emphasizing the importance of coronavirus safety precautions to all of our nannies. Daily routines such as wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, using sanitizer when necessary and most importantly-social distancing, can be very important in their non-nanny lives. We talk to all of our nannies about the specific precautions they are taking and if they have been exposed to anyone that may have had the virus and if they have traveled recently. We also have a serious talk with each nanny about minimizing the risk of getting the virus and ask important relevant questions such as who they live with and if that person(s) is in contact with others or works in/outside the home, travels etc. We also want to know if they will be working for more than one family and who, if anyone, they are in contact with on a regular basis (friends, significant others, extended family etc). We have each nanny sign a COVID-19 good faith agreement that states that each nanny will take all precautions necessary to ensure the safety of themselves and the family they will be working for.
In order to better serve our families and nannies during this time of need, we have compiled some safety information in regards to COVID-19. First and foremost, a nanny should stay home and not care for any children if they suspect they may be getting sick. If a nanny develops any symptoms, they should not go to work. Nannies should self-quarantine if they believe they have been in contact with anyone who is sick with coronavirus, or suspects that they were. This is usually for at least 14 days or per doctor’s advice. On the same note, if the employer or child being cared for has symptoms they should disclose it to the nanny.
Families should have a healthy discussion with their nanny about how everyone can do their best to stay safe. Families and their nanny should come to an agreement on what is expected of each other as for social distancing and any other precautions they can each take.
We at our agency are here to help. Let’s protect each other by following CDC, state and county guidelines!