These decisions are so tricky aren’t they! I feel for you, having been there myself.
We switched from nursery to a nanny when I went back to work second time around (I work part time) and haven’t looked back.
Being able to leave the house later and not having to get both kids dressed and to nursery before work makes a massive difference and means we have time to have breakfast together and I’m not tearing my hair out by the time I’m at my desk. I occasionally need to stay for half an hour or an hour longer at work, or go in early, and with a nanny I get that flexibility. She’s also able to look after my girls if they have minor illnesses, rather than nurseries who will ask that you keep them at home. With two kids getting all sorts of bugs I don’t think I’d make it into work over the winter if they went to nursery! And then there’s the fact that it’s lovely my girls get to spend lots of time together, playing, at home. If they were in nursery they would be in different rooms.
My girls absolutely adore her, and so do I!
I found her through here on NVN, so you don’t have to go through expensive agencies. Facebook and Gumtree were helpful too.
You could always meet some nannies and then make a decision?
It’s daunting at first, but once you’ve met a few you’ll quickly know what you’re looking for! Good luck!