Updated: Jul 1, 2020
COVID-19 virus has been spreading quickly across the world and affecting many au pairs and their host families. Sadly none of us have all the answers to all of your current questions. The situation is very dynamic and we are monitoring it closely.
However, we can give you some general advice here and hopefully address some of your queries.
Follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines
Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer. Introduce this routine to the kids.
Keep your distance from others of at least 1 m and encourage the children to try doing so.
No handshaking or direct body contact outside your household.
Sneeze or cough into your bent elbow – or a paper tissue then throw it away. Request the same – if they are old enough to understand – from the little ones.
If any of you in the household have a fever, new cough or breathlessness, seek medical advice via telephone first. The whole household should self-isolate for 14 days or until receiving the negative COVID test results.
Communicate openly with each other
· Speak with your au pair / host family other about all the worries.
· Discuss the relevant changes in the care of the children, what activities they can do if they are not now going to day-care/school – or if they are not able to go outside.
· Put together a plan or daily routine that can be followed with the children.
· Should the au pair feels that they would prefer to return home to be with their natural family, talk about this openly and contact us for further advice.
Maintain contact with us if you have any doubts or concerns
Whatever question or problem any of you may have, contact us for support. Please understand that we may not know the answers to all of your questions given this difficult and unpredictable situation. But we will try to work things out for everyone’s sake.