Daycare Vs Nannying – What’s The Difference?

Pros & Cons comparison of Daycare VS Nannying

Before your child starts their schooling, you may be deciding between sending them to a daycare or hiring a personal nanny. It can be hard to choose as both options have their advantages and disadvantages. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the differences between the two.



Overall, daycares tend to be more cost-effective than a personal nanny. Although the price will vary based on your location and the type of program you are looking for, it will be more affordable due to the availability of shared resources. Most daycare programs provide an array of toys, games, books, and play equipment. The provision of these items is automatically included in your payments, so you don’t need to worry about finding funding for extra supplies. For example, here at Bliss, we facilitate opportunities for play-based learning through games, fitness and exercise, yoga, music and movement.


Nannies tend to cost noticeably more than daycare centres although the cost may vary based on your location and the number of children you have (or are sharing the nanny with). It’s important to recognise that when you hire a nanny, you become an employer. This means you need to account for your nanny’s wages, leave entitlements, superannuation, employee tax and any insurance costs.

Social skills


Because they are interacting with educators and other children on a regular basis, kids can quickly build their social skills when attending a daycare. This is not only through their daily interactions and conversation, but also through structured activities and tasks that are aimed at forming multiple relationships and encouraging collaboration and mutual respect.


Your child will not receive as great a level of social interaction with a nanny, however he/she will still be an important figure in your child’s life. Usually, the child will develop a special relationship with a person who spends great amounts of time with them, and find them to be a secure and consistent source of comfort.

Educational quality


All daycare facilities and early childhood centres are legally obligated to follow state and national regulations around OH&S, sanitation, staffing and equipment. Furthermore, many of the teachers will be incredibly experienced when it comes to working with children and will usually have formal qualifications on the subject.


Unlike daycares, nannies are not legally required to have any formal certifications or training. It is up to you to run all appropriate background and child-safety checks to verify any certifications you require them to have. However, this same level of control means that you have greater supervision over what your child’s schedule looks like and what they do throughout the day. Because your child is not competing for attention amongst a group of other children, your nanny can concentrate completely on their individual needs.

The final decision

When it comes down to it, the most important thing to remember is that every family will have different child care needs depending on their specific living situation. However, what works for the family down the road might not necessarily work for you. Elements like cost and location will factor into your decision, but it’s crucial to look for the right caregiver.

Quality of care makes a huge difference to your child’s cognitive, physical, and social development – so seek out trained and qualified early childhood providers who are known to be warm and compassionate, and have high adult-to-child ratios. For example, at Bliss Early Learning, we structure our classes to ensure the personal growth and development of each child in our care. Whatever you decide, your child will thrive in a stable, stimulating and warm environment.

At Bliss Early Learning, our educators take the time to focus on each and every child, giving them the attention they deserve. Get in touch with us to find out more.