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Nanny Share vs. Daycare

Weighing your childcare options can get really overwhelming. Often the decision comes down to the cost of childcare, leaving parents choosing between a daycare center and a nanny share.

To help your process, here are some questions you can consider for your whole family.

Daycare Quality and Convenience Questions to Consider:

  • Where is the daycare center located?

  • Who will do drop-off and pickup?

  • Will this location work if you have to travel, are home sick, or change employers?

  • What are the center’s hours? Do these work for your career growth?

  • Does your/your partner’s employer have a flexible work from home policy in case your child is sick at home for a few days?

  • If you had to rate the daycare center on a scale of 1-10, how much do you love it?

  • Are the staff members caring/nurturing?

  • Does it have good reviews from parents who currently have children enrolled?

  • What is the turnover rate?

  • Will they work with your nap schedule and food policies?

  • Do the kids seem happy?


Family Planning and Personality Questions to Consider:

  • How long do you plan to be in your current location? If you move in a year, what would be more disruptive: changing a nanny share or daycare?

  • How long until you hope to have another child? If sooner than later, which solution would be more cost-effective for two kids?

  • Do you typically pay more for convenience or expend more energy/time to save money?

  • Does your current job require (or tend to favor) people who put in more face-time?

  • Could you use a little more help around the house (meal prep, housekeeping)?


Nanny Share Questions to Consider:

  • Do you get along with people easily?

  • Are you flexible with other parenting styles?

  • Are you comfortable hosting another person’s child in your home?

  • As your child grows, are you financially comfortable paying for outside classes (music, gymnastics) if the other family wants to enroll their child too?

  • Do you have an easy communication style?

  • Do you feel there are great benefits to having a nanny?

  • Do you feel comfortable entrusting another person with your child full-time without micromanaging?

  • What type of sick-policy would you want to create with a nanny share (daycare rules or assume both kids have been exposed the same germs)?


General Questions to Consider:

  • Are you looking for your child to make a lot of friends (this can happen through both a daycare or nanny share)?

  • How much more expensive is one choice over the other?

  • Which option works best for your short-term plans?

  • Which option works best for your long-term plans?

  • Which option fits your personality best?

  • Which option fits your child best?


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