Is your day to day life non-stop? Most of us live busy lives and having a nanny help with childcare in your home is a huge help. But sometimes your nanny is ill, and everything needs to come to a screeching halt. Life happens and your nanny might call in sick at some point. If that happens, it’s good to be prepared.
Here are some helpful tips on how to plan for nanny sick days.
Tip #1: Think about details ahead of time
Whether it is emergency exits in a fire or having your doctor’s phone numbers listed on the wall in the event of a medical emergency, having an emergency plan in place for everything is helpful. The same goes for your nanny calling in sick. Have a back up plan ready. What family members or friends could be able to help with childcare at the last minute? Perhaps you know of another nanny that could be available for drop-in care for your kids? Whatever you decide, you should have a backup childcare service or person ready to go if your nanny is not available.
Tip #2: Don’t make your nanny feel bad about being sick
It’s never fun feeling sick and most of the time, we don’t plan on catching the latest cold or flu virus that is circulating the air. Your nanny understands that she is needed in your home and that you rely on her, so chances are, she will only call in sick if she really must. If she does, don’t make her feel guilty about it or complain that you can’t find coverage. This is not productive and could make her feel frustrated or used.
Tip #3: Make it as easy as possible on the back-up nanny
If your nanny calls in sick, review the day’s schedule and cancel everything that is non-essential. This gives the person filling in a schedule that has less-pressure and you’re more likely to find someone. Do whatever you can to make it easy for your back-up nanny or babysitter.
Once you have a plan in place and you’re away from home, check in with the back-up nanny or babysitter regularly via phone or text to make sure that everything is going well. This shows that you are attentive and appreciative to what they’re doing for you. Be flexible knowing that the routine or schedule might be a little bit different due to your nanny’s absence, but always express your gratitude and reiterate how much you appreciate the favor.
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