Hiring a nanny yourself?

We can run all the
essential checks
for your new nanny.

Nanny Screening

Is a Nursery or Nanny Better?

We are often asked for our expert opinion on whether a nursery or a nanny is better for a child

01/11/2011

 

That is probably (one of) the 60 million dollar questions out there. Unfortunately there is no straight answer because there are too many factors to consider.

For example, I have 2 boys. With my first, he went into a nursery and for my second he had a nanny.

What was the reason for this?

  1. I felt that being an only child at the time, my first son would benefit from being around other children.
  2. By the time my second son was born, I needed much longer hours which a nursery could not accommodate, but a nanny could.
  3. When you have 2 children, it can sometimes be more cost effective to have a nanny rather than place them both in a nursery.

Your family's circumstances

You have to make a choice based on your own circumstances, as well as what is right for your child. Some people don't have a choice, and a nursery is all that they can afford, particularly with the free entitlement funding for 3 year olds.

Choosing a nursery

What is very important is making the right choice of nursery. Personally I wouldn't rely on Ofsted reports, but instead I would place heavy emphasis on recommendations from other parents.

Go and have a look around a number of settings to get a feel for what size and type of nursery would best suit you.

Don't always book ahead as they will be on their best behaviour if they know you are coming. I would just turn up on the doorstep and ask if you can have a quick look around. If the manager says she is busy, ask if you can be taken around initially now by a member of staff, and then book to see the manager at a later date.

You can also speak to your local Tinies agency, because we supply staff to nurseries and therefore can recommend some of the good ones.

Take 'expert' advice with a pinch of salt

One piece of advice - don't read all those reports and pieces of research by experts on what they perceive is the best childcare for children.

They don't know you and they don't know your children - you are the best judge of what is best for them.

Amanda Coxen, Working Mum and Tinies Director

 

 
Share this:
 
 
 
 

How to get in touch

Register as a Parent

Follow us

Find childcare

If you want to hire a nanny in the UK, your local Tinies agency is
here to help.

Parent Services

These are a few of our favourite things

Parenting tips, ideas
on entertaining
your children, and
much, much more.

Our Favourites
quotation mark
Tinies really did make our day and I would recommend your services to anybody else in a heartbeat. We have just landed home after a truly amazing couple of days at Cain Manor and I can honestly say that one of the things that really made our day was the work your team put in.

You understood our vision so perfectly and did such an incredible job; we just can't thank you enough. Without exception, the parents were just blown away by how easily you engaged the children from the minute you arrived and continued to do so throughout the day. The team were so lovely that the children just gravitated towards them instantly!

The measure of this was that Lottie (my bridesmaid and best friend's daughter who normally refuses to leave her Mum's hip if she's anywhere within a 2 mile radius!) actually went off with you! Please don't underestimate what an incredible achievement that was! I know you're all professionals and are therefore really good at knowing how to win the little ones over but Lottie is a particularly difficult customer.

I just want to thank you all so much.
Yeomans Family, Cain Manor in Hampshire & Surrey, Wedding Crèche