Could you cope knowing your child was in nursery all day? This is a dilemma faced by thousands of families each year. Some parents take the nursery path. Others opt for full-time nannies. It’s a tough call to make but which option is best?
We explore the merits of both choices in this latest blog from Taxing Nannies. And we suggest a useful compromise.
To begin let’s weigh up the contenders.
Nursery settings good v bad
- Open throughout the year
- Stimulating environment
- Great places to meet other parents
- Rarely let you down
- Germs are picked up easily
- Busy, so your child might not get valuable one-to-one time
- Places get snapped up quickly at popular nurseries
- Can be expensive
On first inspection a nursery would seem to be a great solution. Simply drop your child off in the morning and they are provided with quality care through trained and qualified childcare experts.
Do your homework beforehand. This way you know the child is in a safe, stimulating setting.
Is this the ideal solution though? Nurseries can be chaotic. They’re also full of germs and your little soldier is sure to pick up plenty of bugs when they attend a childcare centre.
Plus you’ll be lucky to secure a place at popular nurseries. There’s usually a waiting list and unless you are connected to the right people the chances are it’ll hard to find your child a place.
Nanny positives and negatives
- Children are given personal, one-to-one care
- Feels more child-friendly
- Nannies can help around the house
- You don’t have to drop your child at nursery
- Might be unreliable
- There’ll be days when the nanny is sick
- Doesn’t always get along with the child
Think of a stereotypical nanny and what’s the first impression that comes into your mind? The chances are a mix of Mary Poppins, Mrs Doubtfire and Nanny Mcphee are fluttering through your head.
Nannies aren’t colourful characters from the pages of children’s books though. They’re experts in childcare, hold industry qualifications and highly skilled at looking after children. They give your child quality one-to-one time, are friendly and well-organised, a good nanny will look after your child and provide them with plenty of stimulation whilst you’re out at work.
Bad points are live-out nannies might be late every once in a while. They’ll almost certainly fall ill at some point and in some instances they simply don’t get along with the child.
Nannies and nurseries work for different families. The option you choose will depend on your personal circumstances.
If you like the idea of both options you could always drop your child at nursery in the morning and get a nanny to pick them at lunchtime.
One more word of advice…
Before you hire a nanny speak to Taxing Nannies. We’re the experts at nanny payroll services.