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Making the Transition from Nanny to Daycare

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This article was written by Liza Maltz, a NYC based childcare expert and doula.

Thinking of making the switch from nanny to daycare for your little one? It can be a significant decision, and it requires some thoughtful consideration. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with some helpful tips on how to make the transition smooth and successful. 

As a mom, doula, and founder of Have a Nanny, I’ve witnessed it all. One thing I’ve found to be most important in any parenting decision is finding your community. Here are some tips that I believe will be helpful in finding yours.

1. Take your time with the transition.

We know it can be tempting to jump right into a new situation, but it’s important to give your child (and yourself!) time to adjust. Start by visiting some different daycare options, and make sure you feel comfortable with the staff, the environment and the schedule.

2. Communicate with your child about the transition.

Kids are smart cookies, and they pick up on changes in routine pretty quickly. Let them know what’s coming, and give them a chance to say goodbye to their nanny if they’ve grown attached. This will help ease any anxiety they may have about starting a new program.

3. Give your nanny ample time to prepare for the transition.

For many families, it can be helpful to keep your nanny on board during the transition, at least part-time. This can help reinforce to your child that this is a good decision for entire family, and also ease their own transition from working for your family.

If you won’t need them anymore, offer to write a recommendation or help them with their job search. A parent-to-parent referral community can have thousands of parents that could be your beloved nanny’s new family—or recommend someone who does. Remember, your nanny has been an important member of your family, and providing support during this time is crucial.

4. Do your research on child care providers.

When it comes to selecting a daycare, make sure to consider factors like location, cost, and schedule flexibility. Don’t be afraid to ask for references or take a tour of the facility before making any decisions. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, reach out to other parents for advice or support—chances are they’ve been in your shoes before. Those parent-to-parent communities can come in handy here too!

5. Embrace the new opportunities that come with daycare and your new community.

Your child will have the chance to interact with other kiddos, and learn new skills! You’ll meet new families, get involved and enjoy your new community!

About the author:
Liza Maltz is NYC based childcare expert and doula. She heads up the Hudson Yards Moms group and is the visionary founder behind – the ultimate source for all your personal family referrals and a protected community exclusively for parents. As a mother of a 13-year-old son and two lovable Shih tzus, Liza takes immense pride in her family and the work she does to protect others.

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