The transition back to work after maternity leave can be a daunting one for any new mum. Not only is there the challenge of readjusting to workplace life, but there is also the added pressure of finding the right childcare arrangements.
For many mothers, the thought of entrusting their child to someone else is simply too much to bear. However, with careful planning and a bit of research, it is possible to find a childcare solution that works for both you and your child. There are a number of different factors to consider, such as cost, location and hours of operation. However, perhaps the most important thing to look for is a provider who is capable of providing high-quality care. With so much on the line, it is important to take the time to find a childcare solution that you can trust.
For many mothers, returning to work after maternity leave is simply not an option, either because they can't afford the high cost of childcare or because they want to spend as much time as possible with their new baby. Fortunately, there are a number of different childcare options available for young children. It's important to find an option that works best for you and your family.

In this article, we will go through the childcare options for you, explaining the main options and summarizing the Pro's and Cons of each option. 



Nurseries are daycare facilities that provide care and supervision for young children, typically aged six months to three years. Nurseries are usually run by qualified and experienced staff who are trained in Early Years Education. The environment in a nursery is specifically designed to meet the needs of young children, with plenty of space for them to explore, play and learn. Nurseries offer a wide range of activities and experiences that help support the development of toddlers and help them prepare for school. Some of the key benefits of nursery life include socialisation, independence and confidence building. For many parents, choosing a nursery is an important decision that will have a big impact on their child's future.

Pro's: Government Regulated and structured form of childcare, that provides a lot of entertainment for the child.

Cons: As there are far more children in nurseries, children tend to get sick very often, and they must stay home if they are unwell. 

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A childminder is a professional, registered with OFSTED, who looks after children in their own homes. They may work with multiple families or just one, and they typically work during the day while parents are at work or school. Childminders are responsible for all aspects of care for the children in their charge, including feeding, clothing, bathing, and supervising playtime. They also create and implement age-appropriate activities to help children learn and grow. Childminders must be patient and loving, as well as firm when necessary. They must also be able to think on their feet and handle any situation that arises. In short, childminders must be exemplary caregivers in order to provide the best possible care for the children in their charge.

Pro's: A great balance between the private care and the socialsiation of a nursery.

Cons: Can be difficult to find an available childminder in your area and your child cannot attend if they are unwell. 

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Private Nanny

A nanny is a private, professional caregiver. A nanny can provide full-time or part-time care for children of all ages, from newborns to school-aged kids. Nannies typically work in the family's home, and their duties can include everything from changing diapers and feeding infants to helping with homework and chauffeuring kids to after-school activities. The cost of a nanny can vary depending on factors such as geography and experience, but families can expect to pay anywhere from £15 to £25 per hour for a full-time nanny. If an agency is used to find the nanny, there may be additional costs too. For many working mothers, a nanny is an essential part of their childcare team. A nanny can provide not only the physical care that children need, but also the emotional support that comes with having a reliable and loving caregiver. 

Pro's: Flexible, personalized sand 1-1 care of your child. 

Cons: Potentially less interaction with other children, most costly. 

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