More Than A Nanny Services During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty and challenges for everyone, in particular, families with young children. Schools have closed and many are working from home, leaving families to figure out their child care situations and how to care for their children safely at home and still work. There are no easy answers and a case-by-case approach may be necessary.
According to our elected officials, child care is an essential service. In particular, full time nannies work in the home and become an extension of your own family. Many of our families are continuing to employ their nannies and adhering to strict safety precautions. In cases where the nanny isn't needed or takes public transportation to and from work, families may prefer the nanny to stay at home during this time and offer paid leave, reduced pay or furlough their nanny in worse case scenarios. Please keep in mind, furloughed nannies are entitled to apply for unemployment insurance during their time without pay.
Families & Nannies - Coping with Coronavirus
Here are some great tools and resources for families to share during this time.
Scholastic Learn At Home Program: An activity portal of free daily courses for kids
Mystery Science: Free Science lessons for students in kindergarten to 5th grade
Hippocampus.org: 7,000 free videos across 13 subject areas
Mindfulness Resources for Teens: Techniques for developing the skills to be present and aware every day
15 Mindfulness and Relaxation Apps for Kids with Anxiety: Technological solutions that support addressing and overcoming stress and anxiety
Emotional ABCs: Social-emotional learning resources and programs
GoNoodle: Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts
30 Emotional Health Activities: A month-long calendar of daily activities that's free to download and use
Online Museum Tours: Free virtual trips to famous artworks and artifacts from around the globe
Virtual Field Trips: Free videos and cams of animal habitats, famous locations, and unique areas
Free Art Lessons: Youtube-based art classes starting 3/16
TED Talks: Educational discussions organized by topic of interest