SitterTree Pods

Small group learning and connection—at a crazy-good price

Connection + Learning

A pod is a group of up to four children who participate in virtual schooling together—facilitated by a SitterTree Learning Assistant.

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Defining your circle.

Pods are an easy, affordable way to enhance learning and social skills—while giving you time and space.

BENEFITS

TECH SUPPORT

When Zoom gives you lemons, Learning Assistants make lemonade. 

Pods give children the emotional and academic support they need to thrive.

ENCOURAGEMENT

Peer-to-peer interaction your child can depend on with a small, select group of friends.

SOCIAL

FLEXIBLE

Want to send the kids outdoors? Need to cancel for a day? Pods allow for easy scheduling changes.

AFFORDABLE

Split up to four ways, a pod can cost as little as $6.25/hr per child. 

EASY

Select a SitterTree Learning Assistant from up to eight highly-qualified applicants. 

A pod may consist of two to four families. For safety, pods are limited to four children to one Learning Assistant in any single space. 

Safe + Affordable

SitterTree Makes it Easy

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FEATURES

BOOK WEEKLY/MONTHLY

Schedule the same sitter each week, as far in advance as you'd like. 

A 4:1 child to Learning Assistant ratio ensures everyone is safe and supported.

UP TO 4 KIDS PER POD

Since March 2020, SitterTree has safely completed over 6,200 jobs—without incident.

SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY

EASY PAYMENT

Paying Learning Assistants is easy. Set an hourly rate, and we'll take care of the rest‚ including taxes!

BEST-IN-CLASS SUPPORT

The industry's best customer service is always at your fingertips. Real-life human beings.  

PERSONAL PREFERENCE

Choose a Learning Assistant who aligns with your personal safety practices.

If your pod Learning Assistant has to cancel, we have pre-vetted backups ready to go. 

BACKUP PLAN 

Once you've identified a top candidate, you have 24 hours to schedule an interview.

INTERVIEW

FAQ + HOW-TO

What is a pod?

  • A pod is a group of up to four children who participate in virtual schooling together facilitated by a SitterTree Learning Assistant.
  • A pod may consist of two to four families. For safety reasons, pods are limited to four children to one learning assistant in any single space. 

How can I create a pod?

  • Neighbors. Proximity really is the best way to start a pod. 
  • School. Reach out to classmates (or teachers) at your school. 
  • Facebook. Utilize FB neighborhood groups to share your pod.
  1. Booking Fees. For the safety of our sitters, all participating pod families must be active SitterTree members.
    • $30/mo SitterPass
    • Completed profiles and pictures
  2. Recommended hourly rates.
    • 2 families - $20-$25/hr
    • 3 families - $25-$30/hr
    • 4 families - $30-$35/hr

How much does it cost?

Once all family profiles are approved, it's easy to post weekly or monthly jobs. Just make sure to post an accurate description of your needs and desires—and align your schedule with your co-pod families.

Posting Jobs

  • Once your job is posted, SitterTree will recommend up to eight candidates.
  • Filter candidates based on qualifications—including badges and personal bios.
  • Identify your preferred candidate and, if desired, set up a time to interview them within 24 hours.

Vetting Candidates

  • Hours are automatically tracked, and you can review each day's work.
  • We'll charge your card on file at the end of each day to pay your Learning Assistant.
  • Participating families will be responsible for settling up cost-sharing outside of SitterTree's app (we're working on cost-sharing within the app—hang tight!)
  • Payments to SitterTree for Learning Assistants may be eligible for tax benefits. Consult your tax professional for details.

Payment

  • No, all Learning Assistants are Independent Contractors.
  • SitterTree files 1099 tax forms for any Learning Assistant earning more than $600 in a given calendar year.

Does SitterTree withhold taxes?

Safety

  • Since the COVID outbreak began, SitterTree has completed 6,200 jobs safely, without incident. 
  • We are constantly evaluating our safety protocols. Read more. 
  • SitterTree does not authorize any Learning Assistants to drive children or pets. 
  • We know this creates a burden on some families, but we must ensure the absolute safety of the families and sitters we work with.

Driving

  • A Learning Assistant is an academic champion. A childcare giver, college-aged and older, who has a robust background in education, coaching, or mentoring. 
  • A Learning Assistant is not a private tutor.

What is a Learning Assistant?

Join 100s of SitterTree families.

Start podding today. 

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