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What all nannies and employers need to know about the SNOW!

January 11, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Today the BBC indicated that there may well adverse weather conditions. This may mean the chance of snow, and for some people, this can be a worry and a concern and can cause some serious problems – especially for parents and nannies.

Many people think of snow as a ‘Winter Wonderland’; a chance to build snowmen, have snow ball fights and make snow angels. However, for parents and nannies, this can mean having to take time off work, and risk the chance of missing out on pay! This article will examine the challenges that some parents have to face when it comes to snow and employment as a nanny, or nanny employer.

One of the most important things to remember is to only drive in the snow if the journey is crucial! Do not drive unless you have to – check the Met Office website and weather websites for snow warnings and advice. Be sure to call your employer and let them know that it’s unsafe for you to travel, don’t risk having an accident.

When it comes to snow, ice and adverse weather conditions, not only getting to work can be the problem. Most employees will have families and will have the added complication of making childcare arrangements for children with closed schools and nurseries. This tends to be given at short notice and can cause complications for the employer. They may also not be able to rely on a relative or another care giver thus meaning, employees not being able to attend their place of work.

Due to this, employees are entitled to take off a reasonable amount of time in order to take the necessary action due to the unexpected disruption of the snow. Strictly speaking, this would result in unpaid leave. However, some employers may decide not to take this approach and offer a good will payment. This is dependent on your employer and your relationship you have with them.

What about being a nanny or a child carer? What do you do then? Being a nanny or a child carer also gives you the opportunity to stay over at the family home, if the weather conditions are severe and you don’t think you would be able to make it home again after work, then consider the possibility of staying over.

When the snow comes, it undoubtedly brings with it problems. Parents will be trying to source emergency childcare, as the may otherwise miss out on pay. What exactly can be done? Our best advice is to ensure you have a backup plan, and to speak to your employer in advance, and make sure you understand the protocol for adverse weather.

If you do have to take a few snow days we recommend that you use the opportunity to enjoy a few days at home, perhaps undertake a spring clean or fill a box for the charity shop. There are lots of rainy day ideas to be found here.

Finally, please remember to ensure you keep safe and warm in the snow. The impacts of the cold weather are worse for young children, babies and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone you may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help make sure that they stay warm and well

  • Stay tuned in to weather forecasts
  • Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21C
  • Check bedroom night time temperatures and maintain it at 18C or warmer
  • Keep warm and active and if you must go out dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

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