Latest Coronavirus Information

Can my nanny continue to work?

The current government advice is clear that nannies and domestic staff in England can continue to work in Tiers 1, 2, 3 & 4 and the current lockdown, if they are unable to work in their own homes.

Job Retention Scheme Extended

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now continuing until 30th September 2021, with employers able to claim 80% of their nanny’s salary for hours not worked up to a maximum of £2,500 until June.  From July, the HMRC contribution is reduced and the balance will be made up by the employer:

  • July 2021, HMRC contribute 70% and employer contributes 10%
  • August & September, HMRC contribute 60% and employer contributes 20%

May to September claims will now be possible for anyone on the payroll on or before 2nd March 2021.

If you have not furloughed your employee before, but would now like to do so, contact the NannyMatters payroll team for more information.  Your employee must have been in employment with you at the end of October 2020.  Please ask the payroll team ( for our full guide on what to pay when furloughing your nanny and claiming your grant.

From December 2020, an employee can not be furloughed if they are on notice of termination.

Deadlines:  HMRC have changed the claim window so that claims have to be submitted within 14 days of the month end so please submit your claim to us by 7th of each following month in order to allow processing time.

Job Support Scheme

The Job Support Scheme which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.

Job Retention Bonus Scheme

The Job Retention Bonus will no longer be paid in February 2021 and an alternative retention incentive will be put in place at the appropriate time. The Job Support Scheme has also been postponed. 

Statutory Sick Pay and Self Isolation due to Coronavirus

SSP can be payable for up to 2 weeks from day 1 of absence if:

  • they have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • they have coronavirus symptoms, for example a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste
  • someone in their household has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive
  • they've been advised to stay at home by their doctor because of an underlying health condition
  • they've been told to self-isolate by a doctor or NHS 111
  • they've been told to self-isolate by a government 'test and trace' service, because they've been in close contact with someone who tested positive ('NHS Test and Trace' in England, 'Test and Protect' in Scotland or 'Test, trace, protect' in Wales)

They must be off work for at least 4 days in a row, including non-working days.

Remember to notify the NannyMatters payroll team if there are changes that affect your nanny’s payslip.

For the most up to date information it is always recommended you check the latest government guidance on the HMRC website