Since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic, parents across the world have been attempting to juggle remote working with childcare. Now, a new trend seems to have developed. Virtual nannies. The aim of this new form of childcare is to help parents who are struggling to juggling work and parenting. Virtual nannies are coming to the rescue of frazzled parents and bringing a little bit of order back into their lives.
Childcare.co.uk, which was the brainchild of Richard Conway, involves a childminder sitting at one end of a zoom call and occupying children via the computer screen so that parents can get some work done. The scheme is designed for children over the age of 2. Parents discuss with nannies the types of activities they want children to do and how the time is best spent.
When asked about the project, Mr Conway said “a lot of people thought it was a crazy idea, and that it involved leaving the child home alone”. The scheme instead involves a child playing via zoom with the nanny in one room while parents work in another.
Since the project launched earlier in the year, 4,000 nannies and childminders have registered on the platform. There have also been over 50,000 enquiries from parents about using the service.
What about parents who prefer to avoid screens with their children?
Parents who prefer face-to-face interaction will be pleased to hear that the number of people qualifying in childcare has risen. Many who were made redundant as a result of the pandemic have been looking to retrain. Industries such as childcare have been popular choices for those retaining. Currently, childcare is seen as a more secure prospect compared to others such as beauty or hospitality. Tiney, an online platform designed to help those training in childcare, says that they have received more than 7,000 applications since the start of the first national lockdown in March.