Nanny vs. Day Care

Nanny: Child illness will not prevent you from work. The common cold, ear infection or virus will be something your Forehead Kisses Nanny can care for while you’re working. If you have an older child that gets sick while at school, you will not have to leave work to go get him/her because most Nanny’s will be more then happy to help!

Daycare: Child illness will require you drop everything and go pick up your child immediately. Oftentimes daycare’s will require your pediatrician to release your child back into daycare before they are able to return. Not to mention, you are required to pay the daycare whether your child is present or not.

Baby or Babies are sick with a fever! If you have a Nanny or manny you still can go to work! & your nanny or manny can take the baby to the doctor!

Nanny: Your Nanny comes to your home. No packing lunches/bottles/diapers/wipes/extra clothes or getting your children up extremely early just so you can beat traffic in the morning. Plus flexible hours – Forehead Kisses Nanny will watch your children around your schedule!

Daycare: You must get your children to daycare and be sure they have every conceivable thing needed during the day. Many parents need to drop their children off very early before the daily activities have started which leaves children just waiting for their main daycare teacher to come in for the day. Plus, if you are running late at the end of the day most daycare’s will charge parents an outrageous $1-$2/minute in late fees! Daycare’s will not adjust to fit your family needs.

Nanny: You control activities that you want done during the day. You can request that your Nanny designates quiet time each day devoted to educational activities.

Daycare: There is just no opportunity for your child to ever have quiet time to work on anything at a daycare. There are just too many children to allow this kind of time.

Nanny Share :
An Affordable Option to Daycare
A Nanny Share is when two/ three families hire one nanny to care for their children either on a full-time or part-time basis. Some families who nanny share will hire a nanny and have her care for both family’s children at the same time at 1 house or pt at the other house.

Nanny: Your children can be taken to the local park at your request so they can play outside, have play dates with friends and take a nap at the park under a tree!

Daycare: Children may be taken outside for playtime, but oftentimes can get hurt or get in “kiddie arguments” where toddlers get too rough (many times with young children they may even get bit). Daycare’s limit the amount of time outside because it’s too hard to control such a large group of children in this atmosphere.

Nanny: Children are able to “bond” and interact with siblings. One of the best benefits of having children close in age is they should be able to play together every day. When they are able to spend quality time together it reinforces and strengthens the family closeness.

Daycare: Children are separated by age. Even if your children are close in age they will likely never see each other during the day! Each age group has their own room assigned and the rooms rarely mix together. At times, they may put older children with the younger children at which points infants and toddlers may be dominated by older children who don’t have younger siblings and may not know how to interact with little ones!

Nanny: You can call your children during the day whenever you want to! Your Nanny will always be reachable so you never have to wonder how your child’s day is going. Children often love this aspect of their day more then anything – after all you mean the world to them!

Daycare: There are just too many children at all daycare’s to make it realistic for you to call and check on your child during the day. Many times the days are so long, that by the end of the day, children may have forgotten the good or bad experiences they had because they are so excited to see you pick them up. You may not have a clear picture as to how or what they are doing each day.

Nanny: Personalized one on one attention for your children is available daily. Even if you have more than one child your Nanny will be able to allocate special time to each of your children based on their needs and wants.

Daycare: Daycare teachers often have high student/teacher ratios. This can prevent the teacher from providing any personal interaction with children during the day even though they may wish they could.





The benefits of in-home child care

Infants need a caring, warm, and responsive adult to provide cuddling and play time. This type of one-on-one care and interaction gives the baby a sense of self-worth and security and creates a stress free environment. When a baby is free of stress they are more likely to try new things and be more adventuresome, thus increasing their learning experiences.

How well we function when we reach adulthood hinges on the experiences that we had during the first few years of our life. If we are raised by caring and attentive adults and are in a safe, stable and predictable environment experts tell us that we are more likely to become better learners in school than those that had less attention. The brain development during the first years of life is very rapid and brain development is very vulnerable to environmental influence. Negative influences may have a lifelong effect.

A nanny is there to meet the physical needs of the child but she also tends to his need to have people time – talking, going for walks and playing throughout the day. This type of dedicated interaction increases language skills, gives him opportunities to explore his environment on daily outings and shows him/her right from wrong; these activities set the basis for the child’s interest in learning, increases the child’s social skills and teaches him/her self-discipline.

Hiring a nanny to care for your child helps to ensure that your child is receiving these critical components for successful development but it has other benefits as well. A young child in group care is exposed to a myriad of germs and infectious diseases. Having a nanny means that your child will stay healthier and not need to be seen by the pediatrician or prescribed antibiotics so often – not only will this save the parent money and time, but it will be much better for the child. For the working parent, it will mean that they will not need to miss a day (or days) away from their job. A child who is ill can’t attend a group care facility but a nanny will be there whether the child is healthy or not.

Flexibility is another major advantage to in-home care. If a working parent or a parent with several children is trying to get her or his and their children ready for the day it can be terribly stressful. All members of the family feel that stress. If Nanny arrives early in the morning and dresses and feeds the child or children it allows the parent to tend to their own needs and know that everything is under control. That parent can leave their home in the morning feeling secure that their child or children are well cared for and their needs are met. At the end of the day if the parent is running late they know that their child or children are home, safe and secure. Upon arriving home the parent can expect to enjoy their family time and have a relaxing evening.

Having a nanny allows a parent to have more control over the type of care their child or children receive and to direct the activities that they feel are important for the child. If there is more than one child in the family, the parent will find that the cost of private in-home care is not significantly more than that of other forms of childcare.