Choosing to either hire or nanny or send your child to daycare is a very important emotional and financial decision. If you are struggling to make a choice about your child care provider, we offer the following points to consider.
Pros– Once you enroll your child in a daycare, there is very little work for parents to do. Most centers provide lunches and snacks, and you never have to worry about a provider calling out sick because there will be someone else on staff to cover.
Cons– Most day care centers are only open during normal business hours, so this may not be an option for parents who work in creative fields like so many people in Los Angeles and New York City. If your day care cannot accommodate your work schedule, you may have to spend extra money hiring a babysitter.
Pros– A nanny will give your child her undivided attention without having to worry about the needs of other kids in a classroom. Your child will have the comforts of home and be able to sleep in his or her own bed and play with familiar toys. Most nannies can also work flexible hours and can work with parents who don't have a typical 9 to 5 schedule.
Cons– Managing a private payroll can be daunting for inexperienced parents, but if you use the services of a domestic staffing agency, they can usually help you sort these issues out.