Dear Families & Caregivers,
During this challenging time, we want to let you know that the staff at BNC is working hard to make sure our clients and caregivers have the resources they need. Our hours remain unchanged and we continue to provide our services with precautions in place to preserve the safety of all.
We remain committed to fighting the spread of COVID-19 and support any client and caregiver in doing what is best for their individual health and the collective health of our community. Please reach out to us if you feel we can aid you as we move through this unknown territory.
The BNC Team
Many parents are still working their full-time positions while at home with their children. We get it, working and parenting at the same time is challenging! If you need childcare during this time, we will help you find a temporary nanny. We are asking for a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week, as we will be pairing each nanny with only one family, to avoid social exposure as much as possible. We will also be asking the nannies to take the following precautions and we ask that the family does the same.
- Limit exposure to others
- Practice social distancing
- Proper hand hygiene
- Take temperature before each shift
Pricing for our short-term childcare placements will be a flat fee of $250/week in addition to the hourly rate paid directly to the nanny. (Rates will vary based on the number of children.)
No-Contact Errand and Delivery Service:
*Because of demand, we are currently only taking on clients who can commit to a weekly time-slot for the month of April (will extend as needed). Each family will be paired with a dedicated worker who will stay in touch each week about setting up their next delivery.*
Our No-Contact Errand and Grocery delivery service is here to help you manage the stress of your regular grocery shopping. Other delivery services are booking days and even weeks out and up-charge for your items. We are currently offering weekly service, delivered by a group of our pre-screened household staff. You can rest assured knowing that our errand/shopping team has been background checked and is trusted by the BNC staff. You will have direct communication during the errand in the event changes need to be made while they’re shopping (i.e. substitutions, etc).
- Grocery and Beverage Shopping
- Pharmacy Pick-ups
- Post Office Runs
The safety and wellness of our clients and team is of utmost importance. We are asking that all of our shoppers take the appropriate measures; including practicing social distancing, wearing masks, proper hand hygiene, and taking their temperature before each shift. Once errand(s) are completed, they will deliver the items to your house and leave items on your porch or other designated area.
Pricing for delivery offerings is simple and straightforward — a flat subscription fee of $150 paid to the agency and an additional fee per delivery paid directly to the person assigned to your family, dependent upon the number of shopping locations.
We have compiled a list of resources for clients and nannies regarding safe practices, financial resources, and health updates. Please reach out to us if you have questions regarding any of the following information.
Massachusetts Unemployment is currently available to nannies who were let go from their position or are unable to go to work because of health, shelter-in-place orders, or other reasons related to COVID-19. Additionally, there will be additional resources via the federal government regarding unemployment benefits that will supplement state benefits. Keep an eye out for that information.
Under the Families First Coronavirus Act, many nannies and household employees are eligible to collect paid sick leave and extended family leave. Employers will pay these sick wages and be reimbursed by the federal government.
BNC is encouraging all families and nannies to take the precautions that are personally best for themselves as individuals. Massachusetts is currently under a Stay At Home Advisory. This means that while nannies are allowed to continue to work, families and nannies should be having discussions about what works best for everybody. We urge everyone to practice social distancing and restrict your interactions to your employers/employees, household members, and trips to essential services.
We’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions about how nannies and families are affected by the Stay at Home Advisory as well as other COVID-19 related issues.