Nannies can be in a tricky position when they fall pregnant; working so closely with a family it’s often difficult to know how or when to inform your employers. As an employee you are entitled to all the statutory rights and protections any other pregnant women has at work.

When should I tell my employer?

Legally you have to inform your employer by the 25th week of your pregnancy, 15 weeks before your baby is due. It’s a good idea to inform them as soon as you feel ready because you are only entitled to additional protection and reasonable paid time off for ante-natal appointments once you’ve told them.

Does my employer have to let me attend scans and midwife appointments?

Yes as long as you have informed them that you are pregnant then you are entitled to paid time off for ante-natal appointments, which includes the time taken to get to and from the appointment. Ante-natal appointments also include ante-natal and parenting classes where recommended by your doctor or midwife. Your employer may ask to see you appointment card to confirm the appointment.

What do I need to know about continuing to work whilst pregnant?

Your employer has a duty to carry out a risk assessment of your job and make reasonable adjustments as soon as you tell them you are pregnant. This might include hazards such as lifting a heavy toddler or exposure to illnesses such as chickenpox which represent a threat to your unborn baby. You also have additional protection from unfair treatment, including changes to the terms and conditions of your employment without your agreement which includes reductions in hours without your consent, treating pregnancy related illness as a disciplinary matter and redundancy on grounds of pregnancy (although you may still be genuinely made redundant).

My employer is being difficult about my pregnancy, what can I do?

You should try to talk to your employer and resolve any issues. This may be the first time they have had to deal with a pregnant employee and it can be overwhelming. If you feel that you cannot do this you should follow the grievance procedure in your contract and, if necessary, contact your specialist nanny insurance provider for further advice. You can also contact us for assistance.

What about IVF?

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate because you are undergoing IVF, or intending to become pregnant via other means. However you are not entitled to paid time off until you are actually pregnant and inform your employer.

My partner is pregnant, am I entitled to any protection or time off?

Father and partners (including same sex partners) are entitled to unpaid time off to accompany a pregnant woman to up to 2 antenatal appointments. This time is a maximum of 6 and a half hours per appointment. Your employer is not entitled to see the appointment card but may ask you for a signed declaration to justify the time off.