All of us at Above and Beyond Nannies hope you are doing well and staying healthy!
In light of all that is going on with COVID-19, we are committed to doing all we can to make sure you are taken care of and progressing forward as best we can!
As we navigate the steps with COVID-19, we will continue to update you with messages and details as the situation changes. At present time, if our nannies are able and capable of working we encourage everyone to continue as they are. In the event that anyone is unable to work, or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you follow safety protocols outlined by the CDC as attached and this link. ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html )
Also attached is a are links with resources to inform:
At all times
We are concerned for the well-being of our community and it is our top priority that we are to support you and answer any questions.
The spread of COVID-19 worldwide has caused employers and employees to adapt to this change. We are able to offer support for each party as these changes occur. We will have hours available for Nannies in our on-call program to assist hospitals and the families of medical staff as they work to assist our community. We are grateful for all of the effort and energy being shown by all involved. So if you are being displaced, and would like to make up hours, contact Elizabeth or myself and we will get you registered!
Today, social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid and slow down the spreading illness..
Priority points - attend work and return home to insulate the exposure for both parties of the virus, and also avoid gatherings of people.
This may increase the health for both employer and employee.
Communication is key:
The agency is recommending, that each family and nanny placement discuss a safety plan. We hope to emphasize a open and clear communication plan with every family and every nanny, to create healthy and supportive solutions.
This will allow us to grow stronger together.
Below is a link with direction and ideas on how to engage with your children regarding COVID-19.
Remain calm and reassuring.
Make yourself available to listen and to talk.
Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.
Provide information that is honest and accurate.
Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.
Cleanliness and germs:
We are encouraging everyone to use disinfectants that will protect each family member and nanny from the virus, some families are preferring Norwex or alternative bleach solutions. Our stance is, “the cleaner the better!” We recommend each Nanny has access to these supplies if caring for the family and children.
We want to ensure everyone is on the same page about daily practices of good hygiene. With everything going on, as scary as it may be, we want to establish a trust that both parties are caring and mindful of each other. These precautions will allow everyone to feel comfort and security in a challenging time.
COVID-19 has affected many throughout the state of Minnesota and we are feeling its adverse effects. Most families and nannies are able to continue to work until symptoms arise or work situation has changed for the parents. We have been waiting on information from the government as to the exact direction this will take and the best course of action for both parties. The state has issued a statement offering Unemployment Assistance to be offered immediately to any Nanny or Family that are feeling the financial effects of COVID-19. Check out those details here: https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp
“Executive order issued
On March 16, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order to ensure workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have full access to unemployment benefits.”
If you or your nanny plans to travel, we recommend following and practicing all CDC guidelines and precautions to keep yourself and those around you healthy and safe.
Upon returning from travel, we recommend to quarantine for three days from possible exposure, and schedule to receive a COVID test. There are many schedule or walk-in locations around the Twin cities, and increasing locations are offering same-day results. (The Minnesota Department of Health has extensive resources and tools to find locations near you). Please follow all CDC guidelines when planning a trip and travelling.
Above and Beyond:
We are creating a COVID-19 readiness page on our website complete with curriculum and activities to keep your children engaged! We understand how difficult it can be to keep attention spans occupied while being cooped up for so long. We are also advising our nannies on the best courses of action specific to their line of work and hygiene. Our agency recommends the following in addition to the CDC Guidelines:
-A clean change of clothes in your car at all times in a sealed bag, to prevent germ exposure.
-Cleaning your phone daily, if not multiple times
-Hand wash, hand wash, hand wash!
-Sanitize your steering wheel and door handles daily (especially if you transport children)
We are here to help our families and caregivers manage this challenging time and encourage you to reach out to us if you have any further questions or needs! This time is the time to move forward and rally together!
We are continuing to observe regular office hours and conduct meetings via Zoom!
Thank you so much,
Hope you have a Wonderful Day!
Above and Beyond Nannies