Nanny or Daycare? Here Are the Pros & Cons of Both Child Care Options! by Jill Ceder, LMSW, JD

Parenting
5 years ago
Nanny or Daycare? Here Are the Pros & Cons of Both Child Care Options!

If you're going back to work soon and not sure what child-care situation is right for you, here's some help. Below are the pros and cons of daycare and nannies: 

Pros of daycare include: 

  • building social skills
  • lots of toys, books and resources
  • follows state regulations for safety
  • multiple teachers with varied experience and personalities 
  • the cost

Cons of daycare include:

  • more germs and illnesses
  • strict sick policies
  • more accidents 
  • less flexibility for parent schedules

Pros of hiring a nanny include:

  • more parental control in terms of schedule and activities
  • individual attention
  • easier logistics since a nanny comes to your home
  • consistency for your child 
  • convenience for you

Cons include:

  • conflicting parenting styles
  • high costs
  • tardiness issues
  • no coverage for sick or personal time

Consider the pros and cons and do what's best for your family. Good luck!

start discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Healthy Snacking for Kids & Adults: 4 Tips to Make the Most of Snack Time

#OnePillCanKill: An Important Public Safety Alert About Fake Prescriptions & Fentanyl From the DEA

Avoid "Mom, I'm Bored!" & Reduce Kids' Screen Time: How to Create a Summer Fun Basket!

Easy Lunch Hack: Save Time in the Morning By Preparing Lunch the Night Before (30-Second Video)

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for 30Seconds.com and get the best of our tips each week!