Question: Should a Nanny Care for a Sick Child?

November 10, 2009

Yesterday, I received this question from one of our nannies in Toronto. I thought I would open up the question to my valued readers for your opinions, and provide a forum to discuss this. The question is:

If a child has flu-like symptoms, should a nanny take care of the child as usual or should the parents opt to stay home with the child? ​Some parents are unable to miss work and therefore it may be difficult to stay home with a child. However, as a nanny, my job depends on my being healthy enough to care for someone's child. If I contract something, then I am forced to stay home sick and suffer the financial loss of those days, yet I wouldn't have gotten sick if I hadn't cared for the sick child. If I am forced to stay home sick, the parents will have to find alternative childcare. So, should I stay home while the child is sick as a preventative measure, making the parents stay home from work, or should I go into work and care for the child and risk getting sick myself?

What do you think? If you are a parent, how you would handle this situation? If you are a nanny, what would you do?

Post your comments here. Next week, we’ll post our recommendations based on the comments.

Thanks for your input!

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