Which Is the Best Childcare: Daycare or Nanny Services?

While there are many childcare options, two popular choices are daycare and nanny services. Let’s see how these compare!

Cost: Daycare vs. Nanny

Hiring a nanny can vary greatly when it comes to cost, depending on the qualifications and experience of the nanny, as well as the city and state. According to CARE.com, the average cost of a nanny is $694 per week or $17 per hour. 

While this is affordable for some, it’s not for all. In contrast, the average daycare costs in Kentucky are $437 per week. Children’s Academy Childcare also accepts various forms of financial assistance, such as Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Contact our director to learn more!

Safety: Daycare vs. Nanny

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

In a daycare setting, you don’t have to worry about your child’s safety. Children’s Academy’s business policies protect children’s privacy and hold staff accountable. We only hire qualified teachers who have undergone thorough background checks. Our staff receives several breaks a day, unlike a nanny who may not have any breaks.  

Socialization: Daycare vs. Nanny

Socialization comes naturally in a daycare setting because children are with peers all day long. However, socialization is harder to achieve with nanny services. Nannies, similar to a parent, must bring your child to social activities. This can mean extra hurdles for you 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.  

Education: Daycare vs. Nanny

There’s always an age-appropriate educational activity for your child! At Children’s Academy, our trained teachers know how to help younger children explore their environment in both a safe and fun way. Older children benefit from our exceptional curriculum that prepares them for kindergarten.

A nanny may not be experienced with educating children of various ages. If they are, they may charge more for these services, especially if they have special certifications or if your child has learning differences or difficulties. 

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, Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool should be at the top of your childcare list.


Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool 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 Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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