The virus

I have put together some information that was sent to me regarding this matter and changed it slightly to meet the nanny world. I am not a medical professional and the situation and advise is being given all the time so my advise is

1. Speak to the family and discuss plans

2. Speak to your nanny agency for advise

3. Look at .Gov website

4. ACAS are very good regarding employment matter

Any new details I will keep you up to date regarding this matter


Keep listening to advise given. Look at .gov sites and ACAS to get clearing information regarding this

SPEAK with your employer/agency now to discuss this matter

What is the corona virus?

A corona virus is a type of virus. As a group, corona viruses are common across the world. This strain, covid-19, is a new strain of corona virus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

What are the symptoms?

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has covid-19 infection:

  • A cough

  • A high temperature

  • Shortness of breath

If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111 or go to the NHS 111 coronavirus advice website. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

The latest advice and developments on the covid-19 situation can be found on the GOV.UK website.

What’s the best way to prevent the spread of covid-19?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. This is particularly important after taking public transport.

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

What do we need to do to protect yourself?

  • Hand-washing facilities: Hand washing facilities should be available and well supplied. More regular hand washing may require more supplies. Provide hand sanitiser, tissues and cleaning products

  • Cleaning regimes: Viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to eight hours. Frequently clean key areas including keyboards and door handles.

  • Manage travel risks: Keep up to date on current travel advice. The Foreign Office has published information and advice on travel safety and the World Health Organisation is providing updated covid-19 travel advice.

  • Review travel arrangements. Is travel necessary? Are there possible alternatives such as video conferencing? Maintain updated and clear advice for staff travelling.

  • Ensure emergency contact details are up to date

Sick leave?

  • There is no need for most employees to avoid the workplace unless the family have symptoms, sent home or have the virus

  • The government has listed high risk areas/countries by category 1 (highest risk areas) and category 2 areas.

  • Employees who are symptomless but have returned from category 1 areas within the last 14 days should self-isolate for 14 days from their return.

  • Employees who have returned from a category 2 area within the last 14 days and who develop symptoms should self-isolate.

  • Employees who are recommended to self-isolate are entitled to sick leave but not necessarily sick pay, though you may well want to provide this anyway as a matter of being a good employer.

  • If employees are sick with the virus then they would qualify for Statutory Sick Pay subject to meeting eligibility requirements.

  • Further advice on employee sick leave and sick pay entitlements can be found on the Acas website.

Should we cancel trips out?

  • Currently the advice is for most people to continue to go to work, school and other public places.

  • Check with activities you take the children to if they are still opening

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