What to do when you're ill
Unless you have the strongest immune system in the world and a body with no other complaints at some point you're going to get ill. It's a hazard of working with small children and there isn't anything that anyone can do about it.
When you get sick:
- Inform your employer ASAP, even if it's by text message
- If you feel okay to work then offer to come in but give them the final say, especially if your charges are young or your employer is pregnant
- If you can then also offer to help find a replacement - perhaps a nanny friend who you could help out another time. Be clear what the arrangement is, whether it's extra pay or returning the favour some other time
- Stomach bugs with D&V spread like wildfire. The best thing you can do is stay home for 48 hours once clear, applying the same rule as other childcare settings.
- Take your sick leave seriously - rest up, drink plenty of water, see a doctor if you need to. If you're sick then you're sick, not on holiday.
Live in nannies have a hard time taking a sick day, but if for the sake of your health or to prevent infecting the others you need time off then be clear on that and confine yourself to your room.