(Closed) Calling: Parents who used a nanny or daycare center

posted 4 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

When my son was small he went to a couple for babysitting where he was sometimes the only kid there or one of two. It was the best thing ever. It was pricey for the time, round a hundred a week in the mid 90s. They became family. They went all kinds of places during the week and they would even do things on the weekends occasionally with him. My son still keeps in contact with them today. I was a single parent and having a sitter like that made being a single parent slightly easier and I know it made his young childhood a little happier, well balanced, and healthier all around.

Post # 4
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I will start by saying, I am not a parent, but I have worked at most levels of childcare, from babysitter, nanny, home day care, school day care, church programs, to sleep away camps. Below are my $0.02 for your questions:

1) What are the most important factors when you consider either option?

Obviously cost is a huge factor, but there will be a lot of people who can afford more than a standard home care but don’t want the full nanny price.  The important thing to attract this business is to advertize what their child will get that a regular place can’t provide.  Also, having emergency training specifically for children will be big.  It’s required for any licensed facility, and any parent should be asking for this whenever leaving their kid with someone new. Some of my best and most loyal clients were special-needs kids and kids with medical concerns.  One family had 3 kids with 3 different sets of allergies, so having a caretaker they could trust to prepare food for all the kids was crucial, and having someone who could handle an emergency if their 5 yr old decided to share with the 2 yr old behind the grown up’s backs was invaluable. 

2) Would you be likely to use a care provider like this? why/why not?

I would use a provider like this because I used to BE a provider like this.  I worked for 3-4 families at a time, many with kids the same age/grade and we rotated who’s house we went to.  So, I picked up all the kids from school and brought them home to a different house each day.  The kids loved it because they got to play with their friends after school every day, the parents loved it because they got to split the cost.  I also offered tutoring for the older kids, so homeowrk was done before mom & dad got home.  On holidays like new year’s this was great for parents too because I watched all the kids and had a party and sleep over with them, and the adults could all go out and have a grand time with the “host parents” getting a hotel, everyone picked up in the morning, and had a wonderful time.

3) As a parent, is there anything else you would like to add that I should consider?

 Again, not a parent, but the child medical/emergency training is huge (and also a good idea for ALL parents!) You’ll also want to make sure no license is needed in your state to care for more than 2 kids at a time (this is a common requirement).  

Post # 6
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m not a parent (won’t be for a couple of years yet), but my mom had the exact same problem/dilemma that you did when I was born. Maybe my parents were worse off because my dad was also unemployed and had been for some time at that point. My mom was supposed to go back to work after 4 months maternity leave (it’s 1 year here now, so wow) but the company closed. So she decided to open her own daycare in the house, and has been running it for almost 23 years now. It was mostly because they had no money and needed it desperately. But she loves it. She can only care for up to 5 kids at once and that’s what parents love – the small ratio.

Post # 7
865 posts
Busy bee

I think that if you can find the right families and it could really work. I am a BIG advocate of quality daycare centers, I like the structure, the socialization and the safety in multiple providers. I feel as though if the kids were being difficult or if one of the providers just needed a 5 minute break, they could easily get another teacher to cover for them.  For these reasons, I prefer daycare centers.  However, we will be having a Nanny for the summer because of the needs of my older kids – transportation to and from half day camps.  A private Nanny makes me very nervous because I worry that she is going to park my infant in front of the tv and surf the Internet. I’m not saying my fears are rational or accurate but cost is not an issue for us and I still prefer day care centers.  

@juliette.eliza:  I think that idea is fantastic about multiple families and switching the location! When we interviewed Nannies we ruled out applicants who wanted to provide care solely in their homes, I don’t know why but somehow it felt like they would be preoccupied with stuff to do around their house and not as focused on our child. rotating houses seems better to me. If you were very clear about limiting the number of children that you care for so that you can do outings and day trips, i think it would be a selling point for parents. But then I would want to know what kind of car you drive, how you will manage them in a stroller, how we would agree on appropriate venues, etc.  I hope that helps you, best wishes!

Post # 8
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My sister is at the receiving end of this situation, and is very very happy.  She has two children, and her nanny who she loves that just had a newborn and one the same age as my nephew.  It has worked out extemly well for both of them.

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