- How many hours of care do I need a week?
- How much flexibility do I require?
- Do I want my child cared for in a home environment or in a centre?
- What kind of qualifications do I want my child's carers to have?
- What learning and education opportunities do I want my child to have?
- Do I want a preschool program to be available to my child?
- What can I realistically afford?
- Most long daycare centres are highly regulated, have an early education component to their programs and provide kids with structure and routine.
- All staff have childcare qualifications.
- They tend to offer sophisticated indoor and outdoor play areas.
- Kids have a team of carers so they're not affected if one carer is ill.
- Many centres are open 50 weeks a year.
- Although expensive, this option is usually cheaper than hiring a nanny.
- Children get to interact with lots of other families and educators.
- Children are grouped according to age.
- Food and nappies are often provided.
- Children receive less individual attention than in a one-on-one situation.
- It's expensive, particularly in metropolitan areas.
- If you're late picking up your child, there is a fee – by the minute.
- Waiting lists in metropolitan areas can be long, up to 18 months.
- Children are exposed to more illness.
- Drop-offs and pick-ups in peak traffic periods can be stressful for tired bubs.
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Most children are more comfortable in a home environment.
Carers usually have their own childrenat home with them.
Smaller groups can mean tighter bonds and less chance of illness spreading.
Flexible hours mean you can arrange care to fit around your schedule.
Kids interact with other kids of varying ages (this can be a negative for some kids).
- Formal qualifications are not required in all states and territories.
- You will need to arrange back-up care if the carer is ill or goes on holiday.
- Education programs may not be as sophisticated as those offered in other centres and children may become bored.
- The range of toys, equipment and activities on offer may be limited.
- You often need to provide your child's own nappies and food.
- A flexible arrangement that caters to your family's specific needs.
- You decide exactly how your child spends his days.
- Your child receives one-on-one, consistent care and attention.
- Less contact with other kids means less exposure to common childhood illnesses.
- Routines do not change as your child remains in his home environment.
- No travelling for drop-offs and pick-ups.
- Regular outings such as trips to the library for story time or to local swimming lessons can still take place.
- Nannies usually have relevant childcare qualifications and some perform light household chores.
- Your child misses out on a structured education program.
- Less opportunity for your child to interact socially with other children.
- You need back-up care in place when your nanny is ill or takes holidays.
- There's a risk your nanny may leave without notice.
- If you employ a nanny directly (rather than going through an established agency), you're also responsible for paying her tax, superannuation and workers compensation payments.
- Having someone new in the house can compromise family privacy.
- Can be an expensive option.
- A flexible arrangement (although not as flexible as having a nanny to yourself).
- Shared responsibility with another family to assist with paperwork/red tape.
- Less expensive than a private nanny.
- You only pay for the time you need.
- Strong friendships can form when two families share a nanny.
- Children will have friends to play with.
- It can take a bit of work to find a compatible family that will also fit around your hours.
- You need to coordinate holidays and any other changes in schedule or routine with the other family.
- Disagreements between the nanny and one family can affect the other family.