Childcare

Looking for someone to entrust bring up your child with you can be a daunting process. There are options and it may be that a combination is best and almost certain that plans will evolve as your family changes. You will need to plan this early and consider issues such as what to do in case of child illness and when you unexpectedly can’t leave on time.

Whatever you choose – whether it be private nursery, family, childminder or au pair - consider beginning arrangements before you start back at work. This gives you a little time to prepare for work, meet your ES/ TPD or new team. It allows your child to settle in. This also gives them time to be ill – they will get EVERYTHING at the start.

 

Advantages
Disadvantages
Private nursery
  • More than one carer.
  • No need to sort cover for annual or staff sick leave.

 

  • Unable to take if child unwell.
  • Cost, especially for multiple kids.
  • Rigid working hours.
  • Some close on bank holidays.
  • Late fees.
Family
  • Cheaper.
  • Potentially more flexibility with hours and short notice changes.
  • Less formal arrangements and so while potentially more flexible could also be subject to family’s other commitments.
Childminder
  • Potentially more flexibility with hours and short notice changes.
  • May still take if child unwell (not all do).
  • Cost although may be less difference once you have 2+ children.
Au pair
  • Often very flexible.

 

  • Need a spare room.
  • Limit to working hours.
  • Need to ensure proper. employment arrangements.
Private nursery
  • More than one carer.
  • No need to sort cover for annual. or staff sick leave.

 

  • Unable to take if child unwell.
  • Cost, especially for multiple kids.
  • Rigid working hours.
  • Some close on bank holidays.
  • Late fees.