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Top Tips for Choosing Childcare in Brookvale

When considering returning to work, you have 3 main options for childcare. These are:

  • Au pair
  • Nanny
  • Childminder

Each childcare in Brookvale has advantages and disadvantages which should be considered when picking the right option for you. This article looks at the pros and cons of each approach.

Au Pair

Hiring an au pair is generally considered to be the cheapest option. They receive a minimal allowance, but full board within your house. In return for this, they should look after your children during the daytime while you are at work and can usually be called upon to assist with light household duties.

The chief disadvantage of an Au Pair is that they are not required to have any qualifications in childcare and furthermore, they usually do not share your native tongue so may have difficulties communicating. This option also really only works if you have a spare bedroom in your house!


A nanny is like a fully qualified Au Pair who shares your own native tongue. A nanny may live in or live out. This is likely to be the most expensive childcare option. It begins to be comparable with nursery prices if you have 3 or more children. The powerful advantage of a nanny or au pair is that they can look after your child on days the child is sick.

Childminders and nurseries will not take your child if they are sick. The nanny looks after your child in your own house, so if you have a shy child, it's the easiest transition to childcare for a mother and the least anxiety for the child.


Childminders look after your child in their house. This means that they have to deal with the relevant insurance. Also, they do not count as your employee for tax purposes, so they have to deal with their own tax. They will probably be caring for several children from different families. A childminder provides some of the advantages of a nanny with some of the disadvantages of a nursery.

Your child will be looked after in a home environment by a qualified professional, however, if your child is sick you will have to work out how to get time off work. A childminder works better than a nursery if you have several children of different ages especially if you are both young children and children of school age.