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Should you hire a nanny for your child?
Kanchan Maslekar
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April 18, 2007

Six-year-old Sahil Shenai's well-being and daily routine are completely entrusted to the care of a nanny. He attends school, plays at home with his toys and naps in his own bed under her supervision, while his parents head to their respective offices every day.

Many parents, like Sahil's, prefer to hire a domestic maid or nanny who cares for their child at home to a neighbourhood cr�che or daycare centre. Santosh Shenai, Sahil's father, is a journalist. He explains why he and his wife hired a nanny for their son when he was just three years old. "We had a creche in the same building, so it was the obvious choice. But, after a few days at the creche and we realised that our son was having problems adjusting to the routine followed there," he said.

Childcare tips for working parents

The advantages of hiring a nanny

So just what are the benefits to be had from hiring a nanny?

The disadvantages

Here are some of the disadvantages involved when you decide to entrust your child to a nanny's care:

Working moms choose the right creche

What you need to keep in mind

When hiring help to care for your child, it is important to keep the following points in mind:

Ensure your child's well-being

Presented below are a few precautions to take when entrusting your child to a stranger's care:

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