Child Care Option

The US government is pushing states to reopen schools in September. More than 4.7 million people in the United States have contracted COVID-19, and at least 156 thousand have already died (according to a New York Times database). And, sadly, cases continue to grow exponentially in some places. Now it’s even more important to keep masks on and to keep physical distance as much as possible. Let’s keep up the good work and hope that by the Fall, we have a COVID-free (or close to it) NYC.
Every state is now putting in place plans for September. If you are in New York State, until August 7th, families with kids in the public school system can choose between two options:

  • 100% Remote Learning
  • Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning

For many reasons, including financial ones, neither full-time homeschooling nor taking off work for remote learning days, are viable options for the majority of families. When September comes, many New York State and NYC parents will have no choice but to find childcare solutions to accommodate our new normal.

I do not envy parents the tough decisions they will have to make this Fall regarding the wellbeing of their child(ren). What I can do is offer you and your family a safety net of reliable childcare and a willingness to work within the budget you have. My team and I will work with you to find the best solution that works for you and your family!

What we have in mind and how would that work?
Finding quality and reliable childcare in NYC can be not only very difficult but also extremely expensive. With so many families now facing financial uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my team and I would like to offer NYC parents an affordable childcare option.  We are foregoing our regular membership fees and offering new, special hourly rates. We have a few ready options listed below, as well as our COVID safety information. When you are ready – fill in our intake form, and we will get in touch with you to discuss your childcare needs. If you don’t see anything that works for you – send us a message or call us. We will work with you to find a solution to your particular situation.

Our new offer is addressed especially to families with kids in the public school system, teachers, and all the parents who are working now on the front lines of COVID-19, who will need regular or semi-regular childcare coverage this coming school year.

To families who need a babysitter only here and there (for date nights, errands, etc.) we still offer our regular babysitting options under our current membership program.
Under our Yearly Unlimited Membership option, we also offer help for families that are in a need of a full-time and part-time coverage, up to 5 days a week with a nanny or nanny-share ( 40h/weekly or more).  


OUR NEW OFFER


School-Aged Kids

Many parents are now considering creating learning groups or pods for remote learning days. We can provide babysitters that are capable of helping with the remote learning system and homework. In some cases, we might also be able to help create the learning group by connecting families who are within close proximity and age group.

The sitters available for this kind of setup will be able to work off-the-books only. If you are in a need of sitter working on-the-books (ex: in order to use your deferred childcare credit) – please let us know right away (you can input that information in the intake form).   

Our minimum requirements:

  • every family from the learning group will need to register and create a free membership account on our website;
  • to keep the COVID exposure as low as possible, learning groups will be closed groups, capped at a maximum of 4 kids of similar age;
  • the weekly group schedule has to be a minimum of 12 hours/week with a required 4h minimum for each day;
  • each learning group will be assigned two sitters, with the second sitter being a backup;

 


HOURLY RATES – DEPENDING ON A GROUP SIZE THAT WORKS FOR YOU


Group of 4 Children


  • $7/h per family with one child
  • $14/h per family with two kids
  • $17/h per family with three kids

If you have three children, to adjust the hourly rate and make it more affordable, we can make an exception and cap the learning group at 5 children;

Group of 3 Children


  • $9/h per family with one child
  • $16/h per family with two kids

 

Group of 2 Children


  • $12/h per child

 

Payment requests for the weekly services will be sent to each family by the sitter via Venmo. When you are ready to proceed, send us your information via the form below. We will schedule virtual interviews with each family to learn a little more in order to match your pod with the right sitters. When needed and if possible, we will match you with additional families for your learning group. 

When you are ready, please scroll down and send us your information via the form below. 

Babies & Toddlers

If your child is a few months old and not older than 2 years old, we can create for you a closed, mini playgroup, cupped at 2 kids of similar age, with a $12/h rate per family. As with the learning groups, here also we will require a schedule of a minimum of 12h/week with a required 4h minimum for each day. Your mini playgroup will be assigned two babysitters, the second being a backup. 

Payment requests for the weekly services will be sent to each family by the sitter via Venmo. When you are ready to proceed, send us your information via the form below. We will schedule virtual interviews with each family to learn a little more in order to match you with the right sitters. When needed and if possible, we will also match you with additional family for your playgroup. 

The sitters available for this kind of setup will able to working off-the-books only. If you are in a need of sitter working on-the-books – please let us know (you can input that information in the intake form).   

When you are ready, please scroll down and send us your information via the form below.

Mixed-Age Groups

Creating a childcare group for families that have school-aged children, as well as babies and/or toddlers, will be a little more tricky. We will go case by case to determine what scenario might work the best. Depending on the age of your children, we will decide what group size would make the most sense. As with the learning groups, here also we will require a schedule of a minimum of 12h/week with a required 4h minimum for each day. You will also be assigned two babysitters, the second being a backup. Groups will also be closed and capped at 4 children maximum. The rate per family will depend on group size and it will reflect our learning group hourly rates. 

Payment requests for the weekly services will be sent to each family by the sitter via Venmo. When you are ready to proceed, send us your information via the form below. We will schedule virtual interviews with each family to learn a little more in order to match your pod with the right sitters. When needed and if possible, we will also match you with additional families for your learning group. 

The sitters available for this kind of setup will able to working off-the-books only. If you are in a need of sitter working on the books – please let us know (you can input that information in the intake form).   

When you are ready, please scroll down and send us your information via the form below.  

Safety

COVID-19 cases are still growing exponentially in the US. The safety of your children, as well as our babysitters, are of the utmost importance to us. It goes without saying that we will take all the necessary precautions due to COVID-19 to keep everyone safe. This will include but not limited to; testing, temperature taking, masks hand washing, and hand sanitizer for our staff. We also strongly recommend that each home has available for our sitter’s to use hand soap, antibacterial sanitizer, and disinfectant spray.

 


Childcare Option for School Year 20/21 - Intake Form


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