Four Types of Childcare and Schooling Pods, Explained

If you’re new to homeschooling or considering homeschooling here is a great explanation of the different options parents are now taking. I’ve been homeschooling a long time with the intention of eventually having a microschool (that is community based) but of course now this is needed more than ever. My offer is online with opportunities for in-person and offline activities and events. Send a message if you’re interested or visit:


Terms such as pods and quaranteams are suddenly part of our daily language, but what do these words mean? And what do pods mean in the context of in-person, hybrid, or virtual schooling? This post breaks down the most common options in terms of the overall types of childcare and schooling pods that we’re seeing people use, how they relate to regular schools, and how they function in terms of staffing and administration.


These are the most common strategies and typologies of childcare and educational pods.

  • Remote Learning Pod
    • The focus is on creating a physical setting to complement virtual instruction from schools, including supervision, technical support, and socialization for grade-school aged children and youth while they attend virtual meetings and complete work.
    • Children could be all in the same class or school, or a mix.
  • Nanny Share
    • Particularly for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, with a setup…

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