As Covid-19 continues to change our daily lives, parents working from home are still trying to figure out how to find a balance between caring for their children and their jobs. However, when officials are asking everyone to stay put or keep their distance as much as possible, how are parents able to get the caregiving assistance they need?

With the internet comes many wonderful things. It’s provided us with Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, and the list goes on. But let’s not also forget that it’s provided us with a way to connect with one another from a distance—particularly through video. So if you come across a job posting asking for child-care options remotely, and you’re wondering if you’re equipped to take the job, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Free Video Platforms for Remote Child Care

Skype
Zoom
Google Hangouts
Facetime

Child Care Activities on Remote Video

Pretend Cooking Show
Science Experiments
How To: Wash Your Hands
Help with School Packets or Tough Subjects
Read Together
Choreograph a Dance Together
Charades
Games Like Madlibs, Online Chess or Checkers
Online Video Games
20 Questions
Write a Story Together
Thinking Games
Words with Friends (Scrabble)

Things to Consider for Remote Child Care

Good Lighting

They want to see your face! Natural lighting is optimal, especially having it shining directly on your face and not coming from behind you.

Frame the Camera

Think about what’s in the background of your video feed. This is still a professional interaction—make sure it looks tidy and there aren’t any inappropriate images or items visible.

Phone/Text Connection

What happens if the internet is spotty or they haven’t shown up on the video call? Make sure you have a phone connection with the family to make sure you’re on the same page about what’s going on.

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