apart from congratulating her of course. delighted for her. but i still need to think about what it means a) as her employer until she goes on mat leave (in terms of what she is going with dds- 2 and 4, anything i need to think about around the house etc) b) paying her mat leave money (can i claim it back etc) and c) finding a replacement for the time she is on mat leave. anyone any experience they can offer? she works one day a week for us and dd1 just starting school (first day today). she is due in march.
Our lovely nanny (full time) has been on mat leave for three weeks now. She left at 38 weeks, and had a little girl at 41 weeks. We went to an agency and found a replacement nanny for six months while she is off (the replacement nanny is luckily, fab, too). When she comes back she will only be doing three days and so our replacement nanny will be doing the other two days.
Luckily our original nanny lives nearby and we are taking ds to see her and the baby every two weeks or so, in case he forgets her (though ds is pretty devoted to her so probably won't). I would recommend that your replacement nanny spends at least a week shadowing your preg nanny (doesn't have to be full time) as then your children will find the change over a bit easier.
We are self employed so can't help you on the financial side as our accountant does it.