Parenting: Daycare or Nanny?

child-careRecently I have been hearing many Nanny horror stories. The Nanny didn’t show up one day and never called or the Nanny lied or the Nanny got a new higher paying job and abruptly left. I have to admit when I had my son 2 years ago, I debated hiring a Nanny instead of putting him in daycare. I was set on having him home for a year. I asked several people I knew but no one was able to watch him. In the end, we decided on daycare and registered my son when I was 7 months pregnant with him. He officially started daycare at 4 and a half months. Since he was so young, the transition was pretty easy. And he was always smiling when we picked him up. He’s 2 and a half now and I have no regrets about daycare. Here’s why:

Stability – I don’t have to worry about his caregiver being sick or not showing up. There will always be someone there to take care of him. Usually every room he’s in has 4 teachers so I know someone will be there.

Accountability – I know what’s going on when it happens. I get a report every day with what he ate, when he ate it, when they changed his diaper, what they did and his overall behavior that day. I actually spend about 5 minutes reviewing it to make sure I know what went on that day. Also, if he has an accident, bumps his head or falls, I get a report that I have to sign to make sure I know about it.

Great Learning Environment – My son transitioned from the bottle to the sippy a little over a year because the toddler room did not allow bottles. He also went from a sippy to a cup at 2 because that room didn’t allow sippies. He knows 1-10 in three languages, knows his ABC’s and his colors. I could not have taught him all that myself if I was home. Some Nannies I’ve seen also spend time cleaning and cooking so the amount of time they give the baby with 1-1 attention isn’t as much as he gets in daycare.

Interaction with Other Children – I love how social my son is. He plays with kids anywhere we go and is very good with sharing. I attribute that all to daycare. When kids come to our house, he willingly shares his toys. He gets excited to interact with other children and play with them. This is probably the best part of daycare, in my opinion. Of course, this comes with getting sick often, especially in the winter but you have to take the good with the bad.

As you can tell, I am very happy with our choice of daycare. I have already registered baby #2 and I am 6 months pregnant. She will start daycare when she is 5 months and I couldn’t be happier.  It will be tough to leave her, as it is with my son but it helps that I am comfortable with the daycare, the teachers and the management.

There are obviously negative points about daycare, just as there are really positive points about hiring a nanny. In my opinion, the good far outweighs the bad with daycare. And I am happy with our decision.

What choice did you make about child care?

Renita is a wife, mother, and software consultant with a new found passion in health and fitness. While she hasn’t met all of her fitness goals yet, she strives to challenge herself everyday in order to be a good role model for her son. My Running Start is a blog that she runs to enourage others to get fit and catalogue her own adventures. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
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  1. Adriana says:

    See now, when I was in daycare my mom came early to pick me up one day and found a boy smacking my head against a wall on the playground, with no teachers paying attention so my view of daycare has been forever skewed. It sounds like you have found a really good one, though!

  2. it is a tough decision because you want your child to have excellent social skills, but sometimes kids are such jerks! not to mention teachers and other parents

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