When one or more of your employees falls ill with a cold, flu or even Covid, it can be difficult to keep your childcare running smoothly. However, by being prepared and taking the right steps, you can ensure that your business continues to function efficiently, even in these challenging times.
One of the most important things to do when faced with a staff illness is to quickly determine how many staff members are out and if you have enough employees remaining to continue running your childcare business. If there aren’t enough employees left, you may need to consider temporarily shutting or scaling back your operations until more educators become available.
Once you’ve determined that your childcare can continue running with its remaining team, the next step is to determine how to best keep your educators productive so that you can efficiently run your business.
One way to do this is by prioritising the tasks that need to be completed and delegating them appropriately among your staff members. We know it's daunting to think about how to determine which tasks are of higher importance but once you're able to distinguish the priority tasks and delegate, we promise it'll all start getting a whole lot better!
Another important consideration when running a childcare business during a staff illness is how to keep your families informed. It’s important to be transparent with your families and let them know about any changes in your operations or staffing.
This will help to ensure that they understand the situation and can make the best decisions for their own family.
Lastly, it’s important to have a plan in place for maintaining the continuity of your operations in case you experience a prolonged staff illness. This may include hiring temporary workers or bringing on additional team members to help keep your childcare running smoothly during challenging times
Are you ready to put these 3 steps into place?
By being prepared and taking the right steps, you can ensure that your business continues to run efficiently even when faced with a staff illness due to Covid. By taking these steps, you can provide the best possible care for your clients and their families.
Alternatively, if you're struggling in coming up with a plan, get in touch with our Help2Group team so we can help