A virtual nanny service is being launched so that they can look after your children while you work from home.

The UK's leading childcare platform Childcare.co.uk is offering this new service to help struggling parents during social distancing and isolation.

Parents will be able to hire virtual nannies to supervise kids whilst parents work from home, after a recent study of work-from-home parents found that 81% said they 'couldn’t work effectively' whilst also caring for their children.

Each virtual nanny can expect to earn around £60 a day, with an average hourly rate of £10, however, it is ultimately up to the provider to set their fees.

So how does it work?

The virtual nanny will supervise children in order to make it easier for parents to concentrate on their work. Each session will be facilitated via a secure video chat platform.

Childcare.co.uk has launched the service following a recent study of 3,000 parents who are currently working from home.

Members of the public can hire a virtual nanny and regular nannies can apply to become one.

Parents will be able to request virtual childcarers for different reasons dependent on the age and needs of each child.

It will be the job of the virtual childcarer to either entertain or supervise each child/group of children remotely using video chat technology, such as Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or WhatsApp.

Parents must remain in the house whilst the sessions are taking place for safeguarding reasons.

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Childcare.co.uk recently launched a virtual tuition service, where parents can hire remote tutors to teach their children during the lockdown period. The initiative has been very successful with more than 5,000 tutors currently offering their services via the platform. Virtual tutors are currently charging £10 to £50 an hour.

Childcare.co.uk is a platform which allows parents to search for and connect with babysitters, childminders, nannies, nurseries, private tutors and schools and also allows childcare providers to advertise their services.

The site has more than 2m users nationwide and is the largest online community for parents in the UK having launched in 2009.

Richard Conway, founder of Childcare.co.uk, said: "As I'm sure we all know the coronavirus situation is something which has impacted almost every family across the UK, and as parents struggle to juggle working from home, with keeping their children busy and learning, we knew there was something we could do to help.

"That's why we decided to speak to parents and find out just how they feel about working from home, and the results, although they supported our thesis, were actually quite shocking. To see such a large proportion of parents struggling, we knew we had to do more - hence the launch of our virtual nanny service. I hope it's as successful as our virtual tuition initiative."