Best Childcare for Working Parents?

ISO opinions on the best options for childcare for two LOs. I’m a former SAHD going back to work, meaning my wife and I will both be full-time again. We have a 3-year-old and a 14-month-old. A nanny seems more cost-effective than 2 daycare bills… WDYT?

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Thea posted July 31, 2019

What are you looking for in a nanny? Quals/experience and how much $$$ charged for 2 kids will all affect the rate. We used a nanny for a while but she asked a diff price for all 3 of our LOs vs. just spending hours with the baby. 1 Like

Celeste posted July 31, 2019

Depending on your area, nannies are pretty outrageous. My sister and her husband spent an arm and a leg on one in Brentwood for a year or so before I talked her into trying a home daycare. These have smaller class sizes so you’re getting the 1 on 1 time of a nanny without the price tag, plus more curriculum - if you find a good one. 2 Likes

Mimi posted July 31, 2019

Consider what your kids get out of daycare vs. sitting at home with a babysitter. Your 3 yo needs to start pre-K prep.The socializing and exposure to other kids and adults is super important. Your LOs have each other but they need to play w/ kids their own age. 1 Like

Leah posted August 1, 2019

There are many things that can factor into the rate a nanny will charge for two children and additional expenses (hours, ages, diapering/potty training, meals, snacks). Non-licensed Nanny’s can be more pricey than a licensed Home Day Care Provider. I love the convenience of utilizing a home day care provider in addition to the academic focus and program schedules. A licensed Home Day Care Provider has to remain in compliance with state regulations and I have found their programs to be comprehensive.

Children need diversity and experiences outside of the home. Also, there are licensed home day care providers that offer balanced nutrition as part of their program and I don’t have to think about additional grocery shopping and meal prep for breakfast, lunch and snacks. I love that children get introduced to the habit of heading out the door in the morning with us to begin their days as well with an opportunity to build their social skills with their peers.