Is a childminder or nursery best for your child? Do you need a full-time or part-time nanny? What type of childcare is right for my family?
Here’s a list of 5 different types of childcare, which can make your life much easier. Once you have figured out what is right for you, you can find your perfect care solution at Care.com.
A Mother’s Help
You’re not going crazy, you just need a quiet cup of coffee and five minutes in the bathroom without a little one screaming through the door that she needs you now. Stay-at-home parents can sometimes feel uneasy about hiring someone to help around the house, but needing a helping hand doesn’t mean you lose the “Super Mum” title — it just means you know when to take a breather from those ever-energetic kids! A mother’s help usually plays with your child when you’re in the house. Depending on your requirements a mother’s help can also do some housekeeping and cleaning. Having a trusted mother’s help will relieve you for a few hours a week. Meaning you get some uninterrupted time to get work done, cook dinner or read an actual book.
A babysitter is something that every parent should have in their arsenal. Whether you ask one to watch your children while you run errands or go on a date night with your partner, babysitters make your life run smoothly. Babysitters will play with your kids, feed them and even handle bedtime. They’re great for a few short hours when you need a break. Lots of families hire younger babysitters to fill this role. Look for someone with the age and maturity to do the things you need. Will they be making dinner and putting your kids to bed, or will the kids already be asleep and the babysitter just has to sit in the house while you go out for the evening?
Nannies can be particularly helpful to working parents. They care for and entertain your child all day while you’re gone. Parents who work from home often rely on nannies just to get a full day’s work in. While balancing work and kids in the home may sound good in the beginning, anyone who has tried to compose a simple email with kids underfoot knows it can be counterproductive. This shouldn’t be a source of guilt. Nannies are career childcare professionals who can be depended on every day. Nannies are different from babysitters because they watch your kids for longer periods of time and are more involved with their development and education. For help understanding your responsibilities when employing a nanny, visit Nannytax.
Sometimes you need someone who is a mix of babysitter and nanny. That’s where part-time nannies come in. Maybe you need someone to watch your children for a few hours every day during the gap between when school finishes and you come home from work. Maybe you need someone to watch your children all day when they are on school holiday for a week — but you can’t take a week off work. Babysitters aren’t the best option because you want someone who is more hands-on with your children and is trained in childcare. And you don’t need a full-time nanny who will watch them all day. So post a job for a part-time nanny and get someone who fits what you need.
You’re lucky enough to have a reliable, you-can-always-count-on-me babysitter, nanny or daycare provider, but what happens when your unfailing caregiver….well, fails? They’re only human, which means sometimes your babysitter will fall ill, go on holiday or have a date night of their own when you really need them. And if your little one goes to nursery or a childminder, there’s that always-looming chance your child could get a temperature — and have to stay at home. So it’s always a good idea to have someone trustworthy you can call in case your usual helper can’t watch the children for one reason or another.