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Childcare vs. Nanny

This long debated question may never have a final answer. Ultimately, hiring a nanny or choosing childcare is a personal choice that has to be based on what’s right for your child and for your family situation. Making this decision becomes easier when families have all of the facts and a concrete educated decision can be made with confidence.

childcare vs. nanny

Families will have to factor in the budget, commute to the care location, how important school readiness is, the child’s current abilities and of course each parents personal beliefs. So ask,

  • What is my budget?
  • What does my work day look like?  Is there flexibility in the work hours?
  • How will this benefit my child and our family

They factor in the budget, location, commute to the care location how important school readiness is and social skills and abilities.

In some circumstances hiring a Nanny might be the right choice if;

  • You work evenings or nights; travel a lot or have an unpredictable schedule.  The structured approach of a childcare facility might not be the right fit for your needs.  Nannies, particularly the live-in variety, offer flexibility and around the clock care.
  • If you have three or more children who need care, a nanny may be a more budget-friendly way to go than paying for multiple spots in a childcare.
  • If you need someone who can provide both childcare and light housekeeping duties, a nanny will often do basic chores (cleaning, walking the dog, grocery shopping) and cook meals for the family.
  • If you have a job that makes it difficult to take time off when your child gets sick, a nanny can take care of them so you are free to continue working.

Childcare may offer a different set of options to benefit your family if you are looking for;

  • Social Opportunities – Opportunities for peer interaction in childcare are virtually unlimited, making it easier for your child to develop important social skills like sharing, turn taking communication and conflict resolution. Plus, it’s more fun to be with other children, and give your little on the chance to play with consistent friends every day.
  • Language Development – In a structured childcare environment there is never a shortage of talking and interaction. Children learn through play, songs, games, and other activities designed to foster language development and other key skills.
  • Academic Development – A warm yet structured learning environment gives children an excellent basis for future learning; they build literacy, numeracy and self-care skills earlier, experience better school readiness and transition easier to a traditional classroom setting.
  • Multiple Caregivers – If a nanny gets sick or goes on vacation, parents usually have to scramble for back up care or stay home and miss work. In childcare that’s never a problem as your child is usually in a supervised environment with several adults.

Do you have a great Childventures story to share? Send us your testimonial today!

  • Our child was enrolled with Childventures for 5 Years. We chose the CV program as it offered seamless before and after school care, no down time over the holidays when we didn’t have the time off. The safety and security of the facility was a big deal and the core knowledge and Montessori base Read more...
    Brandon L
    January 15, 2018
  • My children were enrolled at Childventures for 4 years. We chose CV’s JK/SK program over the public or other private sector because the class sizes are smaller, the strong reading program and advanced curriculum content. After completing the JK/SK program their transitions to public school wer Read more...
    Simona N
    January 8, 2018
  • My two children were enrolled at CV for 3 and 4 years. We had such a Positive experience throughout our time at CV that we didn't want it to end! When they started public school we quickly found the transition to be lacking in many ways mostly because of what we had become used to at CV. We pul Read more...
    Roxanne T
    January 4, 2018
  • My children were enrolled with Childventures from infant to completion of SK. We chose CV over the public or other private sector because of the smaller classroom sizes and focused attention on Montessori skills, reading/writing, mathematic development and organization of learning for young children Read more...
    Alana Welby-Solomon
    December 18, 2017
  • Our LO is 16 months old and is enrolled at the Oakville location. It's clear to see that he enjoys being there everyday just as much as we enjoy dropping him off. Doesn't matter who's at the desk when we first enter in the mornings, whether it's Kathryn, Chris or Matthew we are always greeted with s Read more...
    Tricia F
    December 12, 2017
  • I just wanted to write and say, two weeks into our son attending child ventures my husband and I noticed a HUGE difference in his behaviour, manners and patience. Best of all he was potty trained in a couple short weeks! We noticed what he practised at school, he brought back to our home life. Manne Read more...
    Krysta M
    November 15, 2017
  • My daughter has been with CV since the age of 1. She started out in the infant program and is now currently thriving in the JK program. At 3 1/2 years of age she is far more advanced than I could have imagined. Keep up the great work CV!! Read more...
    Audrea M
    October 24, 2017
  • I would recommend CV to all my friends because it's so great. My son started at CV When he's 11 months old. All the teachers are very caring, nice and knowledgeable. Currently my son is in the JK/SK, he's very happy to study there. Read more...
    Maggie S
    October 24, 2017
  • We are very impressed with Child Ventures Oakville. I was nervous to leave my son to go back to work but transitioning into daycare was made so much easier by the wonderful staff and teachers. We are confident we made the right choice and see so much growth already in our son the past month he has b Read more...
    October 16, 2017
  • The Chef provides delicious foods to eat and tries to provide something that Ashton will eat (he is very texture oriented and picky). They approach me to find out what his favourite foods are and try their best to ensure that he is getting what he needs throughout the day. Ella clearly loves her foo Read more...
    Chris A
    October 6, 2017
  • Our son is 22 months old and this is his second experience in a childcare setting. We call Ryan sunshine personified - he is a happy, smiley little guy. He is also a little guy who has had a pretty rough start to his little life. Much of his first year was spent at SickKids but he handled multiple s Read more...
    Sam G
    October 6, 2017
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