Which Is Better: Daycare or Nanny?

If the time has come for you to return to work or school, a top priority is finding childcare! There are so many options in the Lewis Center area–how will you choose?

Two popular childcare options are daycare and nanny services. Let’s see how these compare!

Cost: Daycare vs. Nanny

The cost of a nanny obviously varies depending on the qualifications and experience of the nanny and the city and state. According to CARE.com, the average cost of a nanny is $694 per week or $17 per hour. 

In contrast, the average daycare costs in Ohio are $503 OH per week. Penguin Crossing Academy also accepts various forms of financial assistance, such as Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC). Contact our director to learn more, or read more on this blog post.

Safety: Daycare vs. Nanny

Hiring a nanny can be risky, even if you hire from a reputable source or a trusted friend. You just won’t know some things about the nanny, such as how they cope with anger or frustration, how much time they spend on their phone, or their driving skills and safety. 

There’s significantly less reason to worry about your child’s safety in a daycare setting. Penguin Crossing Academy only hires qualified teachers who have undergone thorough background checks. Our staff receives several daily breaks, unlike a nanny who may not have any breaks. Our business policies protect children’s privacy and hold staff accountable. 

Socialization: Daycare vs. Nanny

Socialization comes naturally in a daycare setting. Children are with peers all day long, learning foundational social skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.  

While children can certainly be socialized with nanny services, this is a little harder to come by. Nannies, operating similarly to a parent, must be the ones to plan social activities for the child–taking them to the library, park, playgroup, or other activities. This can mean extra hurdles to jump through; for instance, you must provide the nanny with a car seat, pay for gas money, and sign your child up for activities.  

So which is better, daycare or nanny services?

Ultimately, that decision is up to you. There isn’t a superior option because every family situation is different.

With affordable prices, better safety and education standards, and abundant social opportunities, Penguin Crossing Academy should be at the top of your childcare list.

Penguin Crossing Academy is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Penguin Crossing Academy today!

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