Are webcams in daycare centers a good idea?

I've never really given this question too much thought because after visiting a few daycare centers around my home and realizing I'd have to fork over my entire paycheck to them, my husband and I decided the best solution for us was to find a nanny.

Having said that, though, I do wonder if having a webcam at those daycares would've made a difference to me. I can totally see the benefits of having one, but I think it would have been even harder for me to constantly be able to see my child being taken care of by somebody other than my self. I know that sounds stupid, but I'm pretty sure I'd probably become obsessed with the webcam.


I hated having to go back to work, but I was lucky that the second time around, my son was almost 9 months old, so we had already had an opportunity to do a lot of bonding and for me to be a part of several of the many "firsts" that come during those first few months. Even so, leaving him with the nanny was still super difficult. At work, I constantly felt like I was missing out on so much and I can only imagine that having access to a webcam, had he been at daycare, would've only made it that much harder. 

Then there's the issue of trust. I imagine that if a daycare offers a webcam service for parents to keep abreast of what's happening with their children, there probably won't be any kind of crazy stuff going on in there. In other words, the webcam is definitely a deterrent. But what about the places in the daycare where there are no cameras?

My husband and I, both television news veterans with substantial experience using undercover cameras, always wondered whether it'd be a good idea to have one of those nannycams. In the end, we decided it was better to just make sure we did a thorough background check on our nanny, called all their references and did two extensive interviews with her. And then we also watched our children very carefully for any signs that things were not ok.

We lucked out! Our nanny is absolutely the best thing in the world!

What do you think about webcams in daycare centers?

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