If you have a young child and youâ€™re ready or need, to go back to work, then youâ€™re probably debating about the best way of looking after your child while youâ€™re not available. There are very few businesses that let you take your baby to work!
The main choices usually come down to using daycare services or a nanny.
Of course, youâ€™ll need to find a reputable daycare center that youâ€™re
comfortable leaving your child with, or you can go through the process of
interviewing different clients to look after your child.
But, the bottom line, as is so often the case, is whatâ€™s it going to
cost you? Which is the cheaper option?
You probably wonâ€™t be surprised to find that a nanny is more expensive
than daycare. But, before you write off the services of a nanny, you should
consider the benefits of a nanny.
A daycare center is generally not flexible. Youâ€™ll have a set time to
drop your child off and to collect them, which makes it difficult if you need
to stay late or simply get stuck in traffic. It can often mean you end up with
extra charges at the end of the month.
In contrast, a nanny, especially one that lives in, will be much more
flexible and continue to look after your child until you get home. This will
make it easier to do your job properly.
A nanny will provide one-to-one attention for your child and theyâ€™ll get
plenty of time with them because thatâ€™s their job. This means your child can
quickly adapt and be comfortable with the arrangement. Consistency is important
when they are young as this helps to build safe and secure environments. In
turn, this creates children that are confident and aware.
Even if your nanny doesnâ€™t live in your home, youâ€™ll find the logistics
are much easier to arrange. For example, if you work irregular hours or often
start at midday and finish late in the evening youâ€™ll probably find it
difficult to locate a daycare center that can match your hours. However, you
can find a nanny and hire them on the understanding that those are their hours.
This will make it much easier to manage your own life.
The problem is that youâ€™re not going to leave your child with anyone.
While you can inspect and check a daycare center, you canâ€™t control staff turn
around, wonâ€™t be sure of the care your child is actually getting, and will
probably find it hard to judge if itâ€™s beneficial or not.
In contrast, youâ€™ll have a lot more control over what a nanny does with
your child and how they behave around them. Of course, youâ€™ll have to carefully
vet them and potentially interview lots of clients. Thatâ€™s why most parents
find it easier to use reputable nanny services, they do the hard work for you, all you have to do is decide if you can
get along with the nanny or not.
A nanny is more expensive, but it does bring a number of benefits that
can offset the extra cost, the final decision is yours.