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by: Priscilla Miranda, Nanny and Babysitting Coordinator

When you are considering childcare options, daycare centers will generally be one of the possibilities on your list. There are several reasons why a family may choose a nanny to meet their childcare needs instead of a daycare center.

1.Work Schedules – Finding a daycare center that has the hours which fit variable work schedules for two spouses can be difficult to do. With a nanny, a schedule of hours can be determined ahead of time that will fully meet the parent’s needs.

2.Safety – Even though licensed daycare centers are limited in the number of children per worker that are allowed, some families still are uncomfortable leaving their children in the care of individuals that are caring for a large number of children at the same time.

3.Convenience – The fact that parents don’t have to take the children out of the house in the morning or pick them up again at the end of the day is a great convenience and time saver for the parents.

4.Exposure to illness – Daycare centers, like schools, are places where viruses and germs are often shared among the children, no matter how hard the daycare provider attempts to prevent these situations. Keeping the children in the home, limits their exposure to illness.

5.Personal attention – A nanny has no other children to attend to (in most cases) than your children. Parents can be assured that their children’s personal needs are not being overlooked.

6.Chauffeuring children – Parents want their children to have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities. A nanny can also serve as the child’s chauffeur to these activities or to and from school, a service not available through most daycare centers.

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7.Flexibility – When engaging a daycare, parents are told what the rules are and how the daycare handles situations. With a nanny, s family has more flexibility in coming up with an agreement that fits their specific needs.

8.Special Needs – Children with special needs cannot always be accommodated at a traditional daycare center. A nanny working in the home will have everything she needs to care for the child, right in the home.

9.New infants – Most daycare centers do not accept newborn infants. For parents needing childcare help during the early weeks, a nanny can provide professional care for the infant and professional support for the parents.

10. Extra duties – Many nannies are contracted to perform some light household duties along with their childcare duties. This is not an option available when using a daycare center.

11. Less stress – No need to find sitters, or stay home when your child is ill.

12. No Late Fees

There are many advantages for a family that chooses a nanny to meet their childcare needs. The personalized service of in-home childcare can hardly be compared with the setting of a daycare which is providing services to many different families at the same time.

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