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The $15 Affordable Daycare Alternative for When You Need Emergency Babysitting

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The demand for child care is constantly rising. Even before COVID-19 started, affordable daycare wasn’t the easiest service to find. Of course, the cost of childcare is dependent upon where you live, your child’s age, and how many hours a week your child or children spend in daycare. But it could also be dependent upon the type of childcare you choose — yes, you have a choice. While you may already be familiar with traditional daycares, it’s worth looking into this affordable alternative. This solution won’t break the bank — at least not nearly as much.

Why Virtual Babysitting Is An Affordable Daycare Alternative

Think of how much time you spend in the car taking kids to activities, and then the amount of time you spend at the activity. Think of how much time you spend finding and vetting a sitter, in the hopes that they won’t cancel on you or are available last minute. Think of how frustrating it is to have to hire a sitter when you’re already in the house with your kids- you just wish they would give you an hour or two to yourself!

Virtual babysitting is an affordable daycare alternative because it solves all those problems. Plus, no stranger is in your home with your children while you’re away. Virtual babysitters engage with children ages 2+ to serve as an affordable daycare option, assist kids with schoolwork or teach them a new skill through interactive games based on your child’s interest.

Virtual Babysitting Through Outschool

Outschool is an innovative education platform that offers a variety of engaging, small-group classes online. Unlike traditional classes, Outschool classes give kids the unique opportunity to explore their interests in-depth via interactive, live video by experienced, independent educators. With Outschool, no topic is too specific or trendy- they have TONS of classes!

Basically, think of it as a Zoom class your young kids actually want to be in. They won’t leave the class to talk to you or find out what you’re doing, and they won’t shout “I’m bored” and turn off the Zoom meeting.

Outschool classes are taught live and online, so learners and teachers can interact via video chat or text in real-time. For moms working from home or stay-at-home moms who need a break, it’s an affordable daycare for an hour or two. I found a Minecraft and Godzilla class for my 6-year-old that kept him occupied for an hour. And he loved it!

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Christine Michel Carter received no compensation for this article. It is a genuine review of the Outschool platform as an affordable daycare option.

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