Getting a maid is a bit expensive nowadays. Im not sure about the day care centre as I heard if you are low income family you able to get subsidies for centre nominated under MCYS. But if normal price range should be the same as having a maid. Anyway I employ a maid as im more comfortable with my child being care at home following my ways. I do not know the hygiene standards of the Day care centre. Anyway with a maid around, you dont have to worrry about yr house work. Just hope that you will get a good maid. Im thankful that the one I have is really very good.