Is a live-in nanny better than a full-time day care?
You’re at that stage in your child life where you can start going back to work and resuming a level of normalcy. You’re excited to get back into your regular routine but you may also be a little stressed. You’ve already reached another change in you and your child’s life, and like any change, there can be some anxieties about the unknown.
Do I get a full-time or part-time nanny, or do I enrol my child into day care? Is one option better than the other?
The answer to that is simply, no.
There is no right way to take care of your child. The primary thing you need to remember about organising your child’s care is to make sure you have enough time to search and settle on the best option for you. Organising these things can take time, including making the decision, doing your research or interviews, and depending on the time of year, there might be some waitlists or holidays that might get in the way. Make sure you give enough time for your search and allow some extra time for indecision and maybe a little bit of down time.
It’s important that you pick the right option for your family. After all, your child’s care needs to start off on the right foot. But don’t let that stress you out, check out this guide below to help you pick the right choice for you.
If you’re just starting to plan your childcare future, you need to first considering the following factors for moving forward with your childcare. Some things to consider is:
- Your working schedule. Which includes when you decide you’re going back to work, if you’re going full-time or part-time, and what kind of roster you will be working. Whether you can have outside help from other family members, like grandparents.
- What your budget is. Costs of nannying and childcare can vary depending on factors such as, what duties you need fulfilled, what type of care you require, where you live. Your budget will be a deciding factor on what type of care you can have for your child and what kind of work you can return to.
Some benefits of having a full-time nanny, part-time nanny or au pair to care for your children include:
- Their attention will be focussed solely on your children. If you have one secondary carer for your child, then they can create a really strong bond with your children, which is great during the early stages of their lives. This will be beneficial in terms of furthering emotional connections such as trust, as well as help to streamline your child’s learning. Cons include your children potentially missing out on social aspects of childcare and early stages of understanding independence.
- Peace of mind. With a nanny, you personally know who will be taking care of your children when you leave for work for the day. If your nanny has a strong sense of the type of caregiving you expect for your child, you can have peace of mind that they be looked the way you want them to.
- Flexible schedule. Nannies are hired to work towards your schedule, and their duties and hours will be discussed beforehand. This is beneficial if you have a rotating roster or have to do overnight shifts. Nannies can also help with daily household routines like helping your children get ready for the day and potentially run any errands you may need during the day.
Cons of nannies can include:
- Potentially expensive depending on your schedule’s flexibility
- No regulations
- Potentially less structured days
- No backups if your nanny is unwell or has to tend to an emergency
- Having to manage an employee
Benefits of childcare include:
- Help to socialise your children. Day care is a great way to help socialise your children, especially in the early stages of their life. Your children will get a chance to interact with different adults and different children on a day-to-day basis, which will help with such things like open-mindedness and tolerance.
- New learning opportunities. Learning in day care at an early age will get children ready for when they start school. Learning in an institution can be good for structure, but to also teach kids important social etiquette and how to learn and work in a busy environment.
- It helps create a routine for your children. Going to day care will help children fall into a routine and gain a sense of independence in a busy environment. It will also help children understand the importance of time and structure for later in life.
- It builds a sense of early independence. Being separated from family or well-known figures in their lives can be scary for children, but it will help them to gain a sense of independence at a young age.
Cons of childcare include:
- In-flexible hours
- High staff turnover, which may be disruptive to your child and their learning
- It can be expensive
- Germs – while children will develop immunity resilience, expect some sick days, which can mean you will need to take time off work for care
There are pros and cons to both nannying and day care, as there is with many options in life. This doesn’t mean that one is inherently better than the other. Each family is unique, you and your family’s needs will be different from others. What might work for your friend may not work for you. It’s important to weigh up your options of nanny vs childcare.
Whatever you choose will ultimately be the right decision for you. If you can find the right nanny or day care for your child, it will provide them with a really good start to life and learning, which in turn, will make your life a little easier and exciting as well.