Nannies: Calling in Sick


It happens to all of us. We get the flu, a cold, or just hit by crazy bad allergies. We want to lay in bed and watch Family Guy re-runs and binge on ice cream. But what about work? What about those three adorable little kids you’re supposed to pick up in SHOOT! HALF AN HOUR?!

Being a nanny is a huge responsibility, as we all know. But part of that responsibility is knowing when to call in sick. After all, having three sick kids on your hands because you tried to pull a miracle and get yourself to work? Seriously not a good career plan. When you do have to call in sick, though, here’s three things to keep in mind.

First, make the call as soon as you know you’re sick. The parents will appreciate the extra time (however short) to find alternative childcare. If you have a close friend or family member who could fill in for you for a day, you might suggest that to the parents. Just be prepared for them to turn that down; they might have their own plans for how to handle a nanny sick day.

Secondly, apologize. The parents will understand, probably, but an apology still helps. Start the phone call with “Hi, Mrs. Smith? I’m so sorry, but I’m not feeling well today.” Make sure you emphasize that you don’t want the children to get sick.

Finally, let them know when you expect to be back at work. It’s hard to predict when you’re going to be back on your feet, but you can at least give a general estimate so the parents can make plans.

Being sick sucks. It just does. Hopefully, these tips can help you make calling in sick a little easier on you and the family you work for. Just remember to spend your day off actually trying to get better, not shopping for that perfect pair of new galoshes. 😉

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