Deciding on the right type of childcare for your family

How were you able to decide which type of childcare was right for you? There seem to be so many choices, from private nannies to nanny shares to in-home daycares to daycare centers to co-working spaces that have childcare. What factors did your family take into consideration when deciding on the type of childcare to choose?

  • Laura
    Feb 07

    Logistics of travel was my main criteria. We only considered daycares near my work or near our home. Also logistics and guarantee of a spot. With the big institutional daycares near my work, as long as you signed up a year in advance, you'd get a spot. Nanny shares tend to come together last minute, require more legwork to find another family and a nanny you like, and all that sounded stressful to me. Also the guarantee of daily care was important to me. Nanny's get sick or hurt or go on vacation or decide they don't want to be nanny's anymore. Daycares have a long list of subs for days when teachers are out. The daycares near work were also highly recommend by co-workers. We didn't have any in home daycares that met my initial screening criteria of location, but on the other factors, they are more like nanny's than daycares. We love the daycare we ended up at.

  • William Hopson
    Feb 08

    I think For some families, the most convenient option is having the caregiver come to your own home. In some cases, caregivers may even live in the family home. The advantages to this approach include the potential for your child to receive more individual attention, limited exposure to seasonal ailments such as colds and the flu, and your child’s comfort level with a familiar place.this has also worked very well for me to bring up my baby girl