When maternity leave comes to an end, an urgent question arises — to send the baby to a nursery or to find a nanny for him? Moreover, the choice that you make should take into account not only your interests, but also the interests of your baby. After all, for any child, it is the mother who is the most important person in life.
What awaits you if you decide to send your baby to a nursery? Firstly, there he will be provided with contact with peers — nursery groups are formed today, starting from the age of one and a half. It is this option that you can consider a good alternative, because your child is provided with reliable care, and besides, it is budgetary. But such establishments also have disadvantages. For example, groups consist of a large number of babies, which means that various diseases will spread rapidly here. Of course, you should not expect colossal attention from educators to your child specifically — all because of the same overcrowding of groups. In addition, it will not be easy to get into kindergarten, because there is a dense queue in public kindergartens.
The situation is slightly different with private kindergartens. Although private nurseries should be chosen with special care, after all, it is not uncommon for the staff of such institutions to be formed from people who do not have a special pedagogical education. In addition, private nurseries should be located in a special institution, and not in a converted apartment. You should carefully study all existing reviews or communicate directly with the parents of those children who are already attending the institution of your choice. Any oddities you find should be a reason to look elsewhere.
If you are very worried that something might happen to your baby while the teacher is busy with other children, then you should find a nanny. Of course, an outsider will not be able to replace the baby with communication with other children, but the nanny will eventually become a person close to your family. The risk of frequent diseases in this case decreases, but the child’s life will be less eventful, and he will not receive the skills of organized activities in a children’s team (the same matinees, for example).
Whatever choice you make, do not forget that for the baby any change in the situation is stressful, so you will need to pay increased attention to him at a time when you can be around. Only feeling the support of the mother, the child will be able to adapt to the changed environment.