Nannies, Au Pairs, Parents, Children and South Coast Nannies: The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coming off the back of a summer season with the devastating fires and floods, our Industry is only just starting to recover and now we are dealing with an international medical emergency situation with the distressing coronavirus (COVID-19).

For your “Peace of Mind” as a Child Safe Organisation many of our systems and procedures are based on formal childcare requirements (workplace safety, hygiene, ratios, forms, risk management, screening of applicants) and are designed to create a safe environment for all involved. We are part of groups who are committed to providing excellence with the services and products we deliver, and conduct ourselves and our business in an ethical manner.

We have implemented changes to our Recruitment, Nanny Training and Placement systems and procedures to include COVID-19. A new, higher level of minimum criteria will be required from Nannies and Families when booking or placing a Nanny.

For the safety of our Nannies please DO NOT Book our Services if you or your family have been in contact with a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, or if you are experiencing any symptoms.

Information for Nannies, Au Pairs and Families

In these uncertain times be sure to get your facts from reliable sources who are working with global health experts around the clock to provide accurate information. 

Knowing the facts is the key to be properly prepared in order protect yourself and your loved ones. We are monitoring the official advice and following the advice of the World Health Organisation, Australian Government Department of Health, Fairwork, UNICEF and Tourism Australia.

World Health Organisation (WHO) works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. They are the go to for Updates on the COVID-19 and what you need to know.

The Australian Government Department of Health has created webpage sharing information on management of the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia as a health emergency. This page will be updated every day with the current situation, latest case numbers and related information.

The Australian Government Department of Health also have a great collection of resources for the general public and industry about COVID-19. Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued advice regarding your Agencies and your responsibilities as employers including workplace entitlements and obligations if staff are affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. This includes information about different forms of leave for full and part-time employees, as well as information for casual employees.

Many families and nannies are experiencing challengers which it comes to their jobs and their wallets. We are addressing many questions from nannies and families within the South Coast community during this time.

Nannies and Au Pairs are covered under the Miscellaneous Award and should refer to their employment contract. If a nanny and family have a contract in place, referring to that agreement and following the terms of that are agreement are essential.  If your nanny is being paid off the books or in cash, be very careful as both the Nanny and the family are required to follow correct engagement of their Nanny.

Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors have provided employers with information Download COVID-19 FAQs guide and Coronavirus update: Employer obligations and available responses

Nanny Care Hub has a great blog on A Step By Step Guide to a Coronavirus Conversation if unsure where to start or some helpful hints for communication between the Nanny and Family.

Children

Hand-washing is one of the simplest and best ways of preventing the spread of illness, including the spread of COVID-19.

An article from the raisingchildren.net.au shares information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and children in Australia. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 see their hand-washing and personal hygiene practices.

Your child should wash hands:

  • after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose
  • after using the toilet
  • before/after preparing and eating food
  • after being in public places e.g. public transport
  • after being around someone who is unwell.

Good personal hygiene can help to protect your child from COVID-9 and prevent its spread.

When your child blows their nose, your child should:

  • use disposable tissues to blow their nose
  • put used tissues in a bin straight away
  • carry a disposable bag for used tissues in case there are no bins nearby
  • wash their hands with soap after blowing their nose.

When your child sneezes or coughs, your child should:

  • avoid sneezing or coughing into their hands
  • use disposable tissues, or cover their mouth with her sleeve or elbow when sneezing or coughing
  • wash their hands after sneezing or coughing.

You can also encourage your child to keep their hands away from his eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. This is how the virus gets into the body.

UNICEF has provided a great article How to talk to your child about COVID-19 8 tips to help comfort and protect children and tips for having age appropriate discussions to reassure and protect children.

UNICEF has released some guidance regarding  talking with children for educators, which u can be accessed here.  The Conversation has also published an article on how to talk to kids about COVID-19 which you can view here.

Another great article is Coronavirus Q&As: Answers to 7 questions your kids may have about the pandemic. World Health Organisation also has information on helping children cope with stress during the outbreak.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything you are seeing and hearing COVID-19. It is also understandable if your children are feeling anxious, too. Children might find it difficult to understand what they are seeing online or on TV – or hearing from other people – so they can be particularly vulnerable with feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness. Helping children to make sense of the consequences of COVID-19 and helping them to organize their thoughts and feelings is the best approach.

Having an open, supportive discussion with your children can help them understand, cope and even make a positive contribution for others.

Sharing accurate information and science-based facts about COVID-19 will help diminish children’s fears and anxieties around the virus and support their ability to cope with any secondary impacts in their lives.

UNICEF has provided a great article How to talk to your child about COVID-19 8 tips to help comfort and protect children and tips for having age appropriate discussions to reassure and protect children.

UNICEF has released some guidance regarding talking with children for educators, which u can be accessed here.  The Conversation has also published an article on how to talk to kids about COVID-19 which you can view here.

Another great article is Coronavirus Q&As: Answers to 7 questions your kids may have about the pandemic. World Health Organisation also has information on helping children cope with stress during the outbreak.

It is so important to look after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Beyond Blue is for anyone who would like to speak with someone regarding these issues urgently.  During these times of great stress, speaking to someone openly outside of your networks can be very reassuring and Beyond Blue is an excellent service available to all of us.

South Coast Nannies

We will continue to abide by our Work Health and Safety Policy and our Infectious Diseases Policy and monitor the COVID-19 situation and we are committed to providing up-to-date and reliable resources and information for our community.

We wish you all the very best over the coming weeks as we navigate these difficult times.

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