I'm looking for opinions on what to do for day care. This is complicated to explain...
Currently, day care is split between a nanny (3 days a week), my parents (2 half days) and a daycare center (2 half days). We were hoping to do the center full time this fall - we like it a lot - but we've recently learned they won't have enough hours available for us. (Only 2 full days available and we're tired of our hodgepodge arrangement). My parents were going to continue taking him out for 1 day a week or every other week regardless to maintain their relationship. But now we're going to drop out of the center because we're sick of paying $400 a month to basically hold a spot while we wait for it to open up. We hope to get in when he's 2 and the ratios change.
So ...now a 4 day/week spot opened up for a center we've been on the wait list for. We don't like it as much. It has a good reputation, it's just kind of dark and a little drab feeling. I'm going to tour again today and stay and watch for a little bit. I have to decide by tonight whether to take the spot.
Our alternative is sticking with our nanny (who comes with her 3 year old) until we get in to the center we like better. We love our nanny but we can only afford 3 days a week. So my parents would do 2 days a week, which they're willing to do, but it's not their preference. They're retired and want to travel and prefer less commitment. When they travel, my husband and I fill in the time and use vacation days.
The nanny is awesome - she cooks us dinner, tidies the house, and LO really likes her. I'd hate to let her go. But I also don't want to pass up on this 4 day/week spot that matches my parents' needs better and would probably be fine. Ack! I'm so stressing out over this I know it's complicated and just a decision I have to make. But any insight from anyone would be appreciated!
Is this nanny or the daycare better for our 1 year old? Thanks.