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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