Childcare ideas over the summer

 

Girl blowing dandelion in the green spring grass

I know when summer holidays start approaching we think.. how are we going to manage working / getting things done when the kids are off school It is that time of year again, summer break. Some of us are going home or on holiday and others are working most of the summer or partly.  Lining up summer childcare is a process that normally starts in winter / spring but rarely works out that a single solution to summer child care does the trick. Particularly for those of us who work, even if you do have to employ several of these summer childcare ideas, the sooner you make a plan for summer, the easier life will be. So for those still needing help here are some ideas –

  • Summer Camps for the kids are all over Switzerland with different themes i.e. sports, theatre, excursions, arts and crafts etc. Check with your local town hall as well as any private schools in the area that may also offer summer childcare programs
  • Ask your company for flexible working / work from home options
  • Juggle care between you as parents – take turns as parents taking time off work
  • Swap childcare with other parents – alternate childcare days where you take their kids for a day and vice versa – plus it gives the kids a chance for a playdate!
  • Host a Summer Aupair –  Rockmybaby® can also help finding you a Summer Aupair or Live-in Nanny for a shorter period to cover the summer holidays
  • Ask family for support – if you have family in Switzerland now is a good time to enlist their help!

Hope this helps and if you need support with a Nanny / Babysitter or Summer Aupair, don’t hesitate to contact Rockmybaby to discuss your childcare needs on tanya@rockmybaby.ch www.rockmybaby.ch

 

Letter of Termination for a Nanny

 

Kündigungsschreiben Vorlage quitt.chBlog post provided by Quitt.ch

Terminating the employment relationship with your nanny is in general not a particularly pleasant thing to do. It is however part of the administrative obligations you face when employing a nanny or household staff. Below you can download a correct template for the letter of termination.

There may be diverse reasons for terminating the contract of a nanny, babysitter or domestic help. They may be of professional or private nature. Whatever the reason of terminating the contract of your nanny may be, the letter must be formulated correctly and in accordance to the contractual notice period and with indication of all information necessary. Writing such a termination letter to babysitter is not the easiest thing to do, therefore we provide you with a template, free to download.

Download letter of termination

What you need to consider when terminating the contract of your nanny

We would highly recommend submitting a written notice. If you should decide on sending the letter of termination to your nanny by mail, we do, for evidentiary purposes, recommend sending it by registered mail. If the letter of termination should be handed over to your nanny in person, a written receipt would be the best way of confirmation. The termination of the contract will only come into effect, when your nanny has received the letter.

Furthermore, the current address and name as well as the address and name of your nanny or babysitter have to be specified in the letter of termination, the place and date as well as the contract being terminated on the next possible termination date (based on Art. 335c OR regulating notice periods). Both parties have to sign the letter of termination – the employer and the nanny.

Possible protection against dismissal for a nanny

There are several reasons for protection against dismissal for employees in private households. You may not dismiss your nanny in case of sickness, an accident or pregnancy. The duration of military and civilian services is also covered by that regulation in Art. 336c OR. During these periods, your nanny is protected from termination of the contract. Only after that lock up period, the termination can be legally executed.

Being legally protected and insured as an employer

As an employer during the employer-employee relationship in general and after termination of the same, there is always a risk for a legal dispute between the parties. This might be the case when your nanny doesn’t show up for work or never shows up on time anymore as soon as you have terminated their contract on the next possible date. Therefore we recommend a legal protection insurance for private households employing a nanny. The insurance offers a solid protection against legal disputes with household employees. Thanks to the cooperation with the FORTUNA insurance, quitt.ch offers you a stable, inexpensive solution. Find out more about this insurance option here.

Key Receipt – Handing over your Keys to your Nanny

Blog Post by Quitt

Key receipt: You and your nanny on the safe side

During a hand-over of keys between you and your nanny, it is smart and foresighted to have a written document that acknowledges the hand-over and states the approach if the key gets lost. This is where a key receipt is of great help to you.

A key receipt can avoid precarious situations and brings clarity regarding several questions that may occur if a key gets lost. Such questions could include: Which house keys did I give to my nanny? What day was it again? Did one of my children lose one of the keys or was it my nanny? Did I lose them? As the key number is written down on the key receipt, it is clear which exact key was handed over and who will cover the costs in case of a loss of the keys. Therefore, it prevents a big source of misunderstandings and unjustified accusations right from the start.

Key receipt – Reliability for both sides
Our key receipt can be downloaded for free and is available in German, English and French.

Key receipt German
Key receipt English
Key receipt French

Using the provided template is a rapid way to prepare an adequate scripture to document the key hand-over while considering the interests of both sides – the employer and the employee. On the key receipt, the employer and nanny have a choice of two different options of agreement about what to do if the key is lost.

First option: The employer has to cover all expenses that occur if the key gets damaged or lost. If there is any case of gross negligence detectable on side of the employee, he could get held liable and needs to bear a part of the expenses (Art. 321e OR).

Generally speaking, the hand-over of a key brings a big portion of responsibility for the nanny. The risk of a housebreaking after the loss or damage of a key depends on what information is visible on the key. Never sign a key with name or address of the employer. Considering this little hint, it is not necessary to exchange all locks and keys if a single key gets lost. High costs can be avoided by this simple procedure. You will find more information on the legal situation here.
Second option: This is the carefree way. In case the employer has taken out a household insurance with quitt.ch, any costs incurred through the loss or damage of the keys are covered by the household insurance. With this insurance, there will be no trouble in case a key disappears. The nanny as well as the employer can solve the problem without big excitement.

Don’t wait too long with filling out the key receipt. We highly recommend filling out the key receipt right after the signature of the employment contract. This provides the best start for the new employment and supports a good cooperation.
By the way, all employees of quitt.ch have signed this exact key receipt as well!

Preparing for an interview – for nannies

Preparing for Interview.

We all know how exciting it is to hear that we have been successful in gaining an interview after applying for a position, but planning for this big occasion can cause some nervous anxiety. Here’s some advice for making the most of this exciting opportunity:

  • It’s important to remember that the client has chosen you above other applicants for a reason and therefore they believe you may be a good fit for their family! The next step is to ensure you are fully prepared and ready to demonstrate to the client why they should employ you above all other applicants.
  • Preparing well is the success to most things in life and is crucial to the interview process. Being prepared is a clear indication to the potential employer that you are organised and seriously committed to the position you have applied for. Remember that by ensuring you are well prepared, this reflects positively on how you may also take care of the most precious things in the employer’s life – their children.
  • As geography can make it difficult to interview in person at times, and because potential employers are interviewing for such an important position, many interviews are now completed over Skype or similar video conferencing apps. Many of us find this form of interaction much more difficult to really show off our skill set and particularly our personality. This is why, it is even more important to be prepared. Practice using Skype by video chatting with friends.. There’s nothing worse that arranging an interview, only to have the other person dealing with technical issues. Finally, remember that the interview is two sided. You will also need to decide whether you feel that the position is a good match for you.

Below are a few pointers to keep in mind:

  • Presentation – remember, first impressions count. Make sure you are well dressed, tidy and professional at all times. Even if the interview is over skype, they can see you!
  • Research – know the details of the position you have applied for and show enthusiasm for the role! Use the children/s names and ages in conversation. Let the employer know you are interested in their children; ask about them.
  • Requirements – ensure you have an idea of the job expectations beforehand. When asked questions, expand your answers, highlighting any previous experiences you have that reflect the question. Make sure you include in the conversation any special skills you may have in addition to the requirements. Be precise with your answers and stick to the point! Clarify any unclear job expectations during the interview and try to be positive and flexible where you can be; also be clear with your limits.
  • Paper work – Make sure your CV is at hand and also any written references you may have. This can help if you are asked to clarify anything precise such as previous employment length and dates.
  • The most important of all –Be confident, be yourself and smile!

 

 

Do I have to pay the full wages when my nanny / cleaner is unable to work due to long-term illness?

Post from our Partner Quitt – for all your nanny / household staff payroll needs

It may very well happen that your domestic helper or nanny is unfit to work for a longer period of time due to a severe illness or pregnancy. In this particular case, must all wages be paid during the entire leave of absence?

Suddenly, there was pain. Off to the hospital a few days later. Diagnosis? Acute appendicitis. The surgery as well as the recovery go smoothly. The only catch? Unfit to work for a longer period of time.

Planed for a long time, finally worked out. The desired offspring is own its way. Anticipation is huge, the kid’s room is fully furnished and equipped. Thus, towards the end of the pregnancy, the doctor orders a strict bed rest. Consequence? Unfit to work for a longer period of time?

Incapacity for work is an issue that addresses employers as well as employees. It might be advisable to both parties to be secured against the above-mentioned cases. In case of prolonged absences due to illness of the employee, according to law the employer is required to pay full wages despite failing labor services (an overview of the different wage scales in Switzerland can be found here). Once the legal obligation of continued sick pay is elapsed, the employee will not be paid anymore. Certainly not an ideal scenario for both parties involved. The solution? A sick pay insurance.

Advantages of a sick pay insurance (KTG) for the employer.

A sick pay insurance has the advantage that the employer is no longer bound to the continued payment of wages required by law. In addition, during the waiting period of 14 days only 80% of the wages need to be paid. Why? The employer bears the risk of continued payment of wages to the insurance company.

The following sample calculation shows the advantage of a sick pay insurance for the employer.

sick-pay-insurance-quitt.ch_

Advantages of a sick pay insurance (KTG) for the employee.

For employees, in our case cleaners, domestic helpers, nannies, caregivers or babysitters, the advantage is very clear. Financial security is ensured even once the employer is no longer bound to the continued payment of wages required by law. In case of illness or pregnancy, 80% of total wages will be paid continuously. Therefore, a secure income will be provided until the employer is able to work again, to the maximum of 730 days.

Shared insurance premium

The premium of the sick pay insurance amounts to a total of 1.52 % of the gross wage. The total amount of the insurance premium is equally shared between the employer as well as the employee, amounting to 0.76 % for each. Even though a sick pay insurance is not compulsory in Switzerland, we highly recommend it.

The wish, to take out a sick pay insurance, can be expressed by both the employer as well as the employee.

You can take out the sick pay insurance by clicking here. Further information about our different kind of insurance solutions can be found here.

Do you have any questions regarding the sick pay insurance? Do not hesitate to contact Quitt for support in your domestic staff payroll needs.

Do I have to register our Babysitter for AHV?

Below blog post by our Partner Quitt (Quitt website) who take care of all your nanny / household staff

————————————————————

Most of us will have carried out small jobs for relatives, friends and neighbors in return for a minor payment at least once in life – the so-called pocket money jobs such as babysitting. Factually in doing so, a new working relationship is established. Will you have to register the employment with the AHV in accordance to Swiss law?

In most cases, pocket money jobs are considered to be a great way of generating additional income for students and teenagers. These small jobs help students to finance their university fees and enable teenagers to gain valuable work experience. Next to the most popular pocket money job in private households – babysitting – small services such as easy office work, computer tutoring, cleaning windows, gardening work and helping someone move houses are also considered to be pocket money jobs. However, many people are unaware of the fact that as soon as the babysitter is paid, he/she will become an employee and the parents who hire the babysitter will become employer.

New regulation for the AHV contribution obligation

By law all wages earned during any employment in private households must be declared and settled with the compensation offices (AHV). Does this also apply to babysitting? Yes and no!

The Swiss parliament has passed a new law (effective from 1st of January 2015) stating that adolescents (up to the age of 25) carrying out small jobs in private households and earning less than 750 CHF a year are exempt of all AHV contribution obligations. In other words, babysitter below the age of 25 making less than 750 CHF a year do not need to be registered with the compensation office by parents. Before the new law was passed, the age limit was 17.

Obviously 750 CHF per year is not necessarily all that much. Let’s say a babysitter is earning 15 CHF an hour, after only 50 hours of work (alternatively after one hour of work a week) the limit of 750 CHF has already been reached. As soon as this limit of 750 CHF a year is exceeded, babysitters that are not registered and insured correctly are due to legal issues. In such cases it is highly recommended to make sure that the babysitter is employed correctly.

Accident insurance for pocket money jobs

As part of the new regulation, no premium for the accident insurance for babysitting and other pocket money jobs must be paid as long as the employees are below the age of 25 and earning less than 750 CHF a year. In case of an accident during work in private households, the compensatory fund (Ersatzkasse) will cover the costs. Nevertheless, the Ersatzkasse might reclaim the insurance contributions to a maximum of 5 years, meaning that the employer must cover all costs incurred by the accident. In comparison to that, taking out an accident insurance for a babysitting is not only saver but also much cheaper.

Click here for the cheapest accident insurance for babysitters in Switzerland Quitt

A day in the life of a Maternity Nurse

A Mothers Embrace

We recently interviewed one of our lovely maternity nurses to give you as clients an idea of what a maternity nurse is and what their day is like – maternity nurses are becoming more popular in Switzerland and the value to the families when you find the right maternity nurse is invaluable.

Interview with a Rockmybaby Maternity Nurse

Why did you decide to become a maternity nurse?

I have been a nanny for many years and I have seen different children of various ages but always had a soft spot for the tiny ones so I decided to become a maternity nurse! I like to be part of the learning process for new parents & guide them into taking care of their new bundle of joy which can be quite frightening for many at the beginning and my role is to encourage & support them, give them confidence and help them to fully enjoy this time with their little one.

How do you work? i.e. your role and duties, i.e. how do you add value etc.?

My role as a maternity nurse is to take care of baby and mother after birth, usually once discharged from hospital and back home. My duties are feeding, settling and changing baby, bathing him, keep his areas clean & tidy , keep his equipment washed and cleaned, if needed do his laundry & ironing.

I work on a 24hrs basis for 5/6/7 days a week depending on the client’s needs and length of booking, I usually have a break of 4/5 hours per day as agreed with mom.

When I start any of my roles I like to have a diary to record every day of the baby’s first months to keep track of his health, growth, feeding patterns in order to establish a good feeding & sleeping routine that the baby can thrive on and that works well for the family but also in case someone else has to take care of the baby they can find as such information as needed about what the baby has been doing and can easily follow what has been done so far.

When I work I like to be flexible as much as possible to allow an easy and happy transition for baby and mum so that they can settle well once back home, I am always happy to help wherever and however I can with older children or just help around the house, doing grocery shopping or similar. If I can do anything to let everyone enjoy this nice time with their little one I am happy to do it.

From the moment we decide to work together I keep in touch with the mum and offer my support on all levels by:

  • responding to all questions baby & mum related and offer advice pre & post birth
  • offering advice on nursery layout
  • discussing baby clothes, items & other equipment needed
  • talking about family routines and lifestyle & understand how things run in the household
  • discussing family organization related to older children if there are any
  • talking about my accommodation on & off duty and food preferences
  • if needed and possible meet the family in person before baby comes

Can you give an example 24 hour schedule?

Routines can be different for every single baby and family, the following is an example of a 3 weeks old baby boy born 3800g, who is fed with breast milk or expressed breast milk and formula milk, mom had a Cesarean and takes care of him some hours during the day, dividing her time with the care of 2 older children.

6:45 AM Baby wakes up, I change his diaper, talk to him, keep him calm & prepare his bottle.

7:00 AM Baby takes a bottle, burps and I settle him back to sleep.

8:00 AM Baby is asleep and I use this time to get myself ready, sterilize all bottles & do laundry

10:50 AM Baby starts to wake up, I change his diaper & bring him to mom to breastfeed, and I bring a drink for mom as well. Meanwhile I tidy up the nursery.

11:15AM I collect baby, I burp him and settle him.

12:00 PM I prepare some lunch for me & mom while baby is asleep.

1:30 PM I take the baby out for a walk & run any errands if needed( post,

office, grocery shopping etc…)

3:00 PM Back home baby is awake, I change his diaper & I give him a bottle of EBM ( expressed breast milk).

3:45 PM I settle baby to sleep and I lay down for a rest as well.

6:20 AM Baby is awake and I prepare his bath. I give him a bath and keep time to a max of 10mins. I dry him up and put him in his pyjamas.

7:00 PM I bring baby to mother for a feed. I also bring something to drink for mum.

7:40 PM I collect baby from mum.

8:00 PM After I’ve burped the baby I settle him and put him to sleep in his crib.

8:15 PM I join family for dinner, talk about the baby and how he was on that day, then I help tidying up and cleaning around kitchen/dining room, afterwards I leave parents and wish them goodnight and I sit for sometime in living room to watch TV or surf the internet on my laptop.

11:00 PM I wake baby up, change his diaper and feed him with a bottle of formula milk.

11:45 Pm I Settle him and put him to sleep. I go to bed as well in the same room as the baby

3:15 I wake baby up, change his diaper and feed him with a bottle of formula.

3:50 AM Baby burps, settles and falls back asleep easily.

6:45 AM Baby starts to be awake.

What do you believe is the value of a maternity nurse?

The choice of hiring a maternity nurse could be seen as a luxury but thinking about the first months of a baby’s life and how this time has an impact on his coming months and first years, a maternity nurse will allow you to enjoy this stage of your child’s life in a more serene way by giving you and your baby a easy & comfortable start of your life together.

Lack of sleep, fatigue, emotional feelings, older siblings & family settings can make this time hectic and overwhelming and allowing the help from a maternity nurse will not only save you some nights of sleep but it will provide you with someone knowledge about your baby and I am always there to take care of him/her and guide you in caring for him/her in every aspect of their life, making you more relaxed that he/she’s in good hands and at the same time instilling good habits and setting a good routine for your baby that suits your family and that will make things easier once the maternity nurse has to leave.

For your maternity nurse requirements – please email us on info@rockmybaby.ch and we would be thrilled to help you find the perfect match for your family.