February 26, 2018
Snow is forecast and more wintry weather is expected! Employers and Nannies, discover what needs to be considered…
If your nanny or housekeeper is unable to travel to work, you should advise and make them aware that unless specified differently in the employment contract:
It is important to be aware that if your nanny asks to leave work earlier than usual due to the weather conditions, the same conditions would apply.
If one of your nanny’s duties is to collect your children from school or drop them off in the mornings, they need to be aware of the places they can check to keep updated with last minute school closures.
For information from the school and nursery, always check:
All schools and nurseries will have a procedure in place for such events. It is worth making sure your nanny is aware of what this is.
Communication is key! Have a snow plan in place in case of any last-minute closures due to the weather. Some nannies are only employed to work before and after school. If this is the case for you, talk to your nanny to see if they can look after your children during the time they should be at school. Factors including additional pay need to be consider and agreed.
It is important to have a plan put in place for such events, as alternative options might need to be considered.
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.
It is also a good idea to consider the possibility of staying over at your employer’s house. Think ahead, check the weather forecast and plan for adverse weather conditions.
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.
Make sure you:
Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018