Creche vs. Nanny

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Which One Is Better?

It is one of those debates that have been raging on for decades, but there is still no clear outcome as to which is ‘better’. We’re talking about the crèche vs. nanny debate, a choice that you’ll have to make as a parent, unless you're a full-time mom. So here’s what you need to know about both options in order to make an informed choice for your child.

Advantages of a Crèche

Your child will have a stable, safe and structured environment, one that has to pass regulatory requirements. Your child will be able to interact with other children and develop crucial social skills through many activities supervised by well qualified staff. You will have a more organised schedule in terms of pickup and drop-off times and will also be able to meet other parents. Crèches are usually more affordable than hiring a nanny.

Disadvantages of a Crèche

Your child may catch contagious diseases from other children at the crèche. Your child may initially have a hard time adjusting to new people and a new environment, causing him or her stress. You may have to look for alternative care options during holidays when the crèche will be closed. Your child may not get dedicated one-on-one care at a crèche.

Advantages of a Nanny

Your baby gets to stay in the familiar environment of your home. S/he will be less likely to catch diseases. S/he will have the full attention of the nanny, and if the nanny is trained in early childhood development, s/he can watch your child closely for growth milestones. Nannies tend to be more flexible and hence last-minute changes are more doable.

Disadvantages of a Nanny

It is difficult to find a well-qualified nanny who you can trust enough to leave your baby with all day. If the nanny leaves suddenly, you may have problems finding a good replacement. You will have to work around your nanny’s sick days and other emergencies. Your child will not be able to play and learn with other children, and this may hinder his or her social skills. Nannies, especially full-time nannies, can be somewhat expensive, especially if they’re professionally trained in early childhood development.

Experts recommend waiting until your child is at least 2-3 years old before putting him or her in a crèche. However, if you need to get back to work, select a crèche that specialises in infant care. The same applies for nannies too: choose very carefully, and maintain a close involvement at all times.

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