Are you leaving quarantine to return work or getting ready for back to school? Or has the time come that you need to turn partial care of your child over to another person? Or perhaps you know the time has come that your child is ready to socialize with others?
Whatever the case is, and no matter whether your child is a baby, toddler, or of school age, the decision is huge. You are entrusting someone else for the care of the person you love most in your life. And you want to make the right decision for your child. Childcare is one of the most important decisions you can make.
Overall, you have two choices. Nanny care, or daycare/group settings.
No matter which you choose, you want the place to be the best fit for your child. Somewhere your child will be safe, cared for, loved, and even challenged to grow. You, the parent needs to feel respected, heard, and fully partnered within the care of your child, no matter the setting.
If you are like many parents in this current climate, you may be leaning more toward nanny care in this recovering virus climate.
Nanny care is a great option in preventing sickness and the spread of germs, as most often the care of the child is at home. Also, you have control of who the child comes in contact with and where your child goes.
Nanny care is great if you want small, specialized, individual care for your child. Your nanny will only be responsible for the care of your child. She will provide your child with their undivided attention and care. Unlike a daycare setting, where your child will be one in a large group. In daycare settings, there is often a high turnover rate in teachers as well.
A huge benefit to nanny care is the fact that you have the option of having your child cared for at your home. Which in the long run, saves you time and effort. You do not have to get your child up, dressed, fed, and ready to walk out the door. You will not have to pack supplies like diapers, bottles, clothing, etc., as your child will be cared for right at home where those items already are.
Not only will nannies be taking care of your child safely within the walls of your own home, but the nanny also often will take care of your home! Nannies often do household chores related to the care of your child. Such as laundry, meal prep, grocery shopping, and even tidying up play areas of the house! No daycare will provide that type of service!
Also, with nanny care, you have the freedom of setting your hours for child care. Which is a bonus if you work odd hours, or if you have last-minute plans. You control when your child needs to be taken care of, however, daycare limits you due to their set hours. And often, you will be left to find alternate care if your child comes down sick.
As with any childcare, you will want to ensure many things before you choose who will care for your child. Before hiring a nanny, three things you will want to do is:
1. Start looking early- You DO NOT want to wait until it too late in your search for the right nanny. You will need plenty of time to make the best choice and to have time to do complete and thorough research on your potential nanny. Get going! The longer you wait, the higher the chance you will encounter of not having your top pick for a nanny.
2. Do your research on the potential nanny- As with any time you are hiring a potential caregiver for your child, do not downplay the interview process. Be thorough. Create and be specific with your needs and the needs of your child. Check on references. Ask all the questions. Do not settle for the first person you interview. Have the potential nanny shadow you. Be confident this is the best caregiver for your circumstances.
3. Create a detailed job description- Be clear and specific in sharing what you are looking for in a nanny. Thoroughly explain tasks and expectations. Do you expect your caregiver to drive your child to swim lessons, day camps, or to school? Do you want your nanny to perform housekeeping duties? Creating a clear and detailed job description will save you and your potential nanny time during the hiring process and beyond.
Contact us today to get started on choosing the perfect nanny for your child care needs!
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