This blog is aimed at any parent who is looking for advice about child care and early learning. I do not work in this industry. My name is Keira, and I am just another loving parent who wants the best for her child. When my child was 2 years old, I decided to return to work. This was the beginning of my search for child care. Over the next couple of months, I learnt lots of useful things from other mothers and those who work in the industry. I hope this blog helps you to make the right choice when it comes to child care.
When you have a child who needs to be looked after while you're out at work, there are a few options available to you. Many people go for a daycare centre or a similar form of group care, often because they don't really think there are other possibilities open to them.
Hiring a nanny might cost a little more than sending your child to daycare, but you probably already realise there are huge benefits for the child. One-on-one care and consistency are great for development, and being in their own home suits many children better. If that isn't enough to convince you a nanny is worth paying for, take a look at the benefits for the rest of the family.
The schedule is flexible
Daycare hours are normally pretty rigid, so you need to drop your child off and pick them up at certain times each day. That basically means your potential working hours are limited, and you have to be available for pickup every afternoon.
A nanny can be on hand when you need them to be. So, if you have irregular working hours or sometimes need to stay late, a nanny will be there to help.
You'll gain a member of the family
Having a nanny is not like hiring a babysitter. You'll be working closely together to care for your child, and that frequently causes a strong bond to develop. It really is like having an additional family member, and you might just find a friendship that lasts long after your children need caring for.
You might get some help around the house
Many nannies include some basic household chores as part of their service. They can do things like laundry, washing dishes and some simple home-cleaning tasks.
When you're busy working and being a parent, any extra help you can get means you have a lot less stress to face and more time to relax.
A nanny can always be there
If your child is sick while they're at childcare, you need to leave work to pick them up or make arrangements for someone else to. When you have a nanny, though, your child will already be at home, looked after by someone you trust.
Similarly, if you're unwell, there's no need to worry about taking your child anywhere—your nanny will come to you.
You don't have to drive as often
Driving kids into childcare and picking them up can add considerable extra time to your day, especially if you need to go out of your way.
Since a nanny will care for your child in your home, there's no need for you to go anywhere. They can also take the child anywhere else they need to be, like daytime appointments, so you get to use your car less often.
Contact a nanny agency for more information.