I (we) need help. I thought we would manage to collect my ds1 who has just started school and work and do everything but I just can't manage and I am thinking I am going to collapse soon.
Bit of background~ we live in a rural area, exactly half way between where we each work (me PT, him FT). We have 2 children, 1 is in nursery where I work 3 days per week. We thought we'd manage with a combo of afterschool clubs and sneaking away early but it's only week 2 and I can clearly see that this is not going to work. Not only is the afterschool club not certain to run, even if it does, I am not sure I really like the idea of my little four-year old going there -- just doesn't feel right. And sneaking away early is just not going to be practical on a daily basis.
So, how can I find the right person and where should I advertise? I have looked on nannyjob (not many in my area) and thought about an agency, but for someone who might only work a few hours per week, this seems like a lot of expense and I am not sure that the 2 advertised in my area are all that great, TBH.
i have been searching for a local childminder as well but not having much luck. the only one in our village has packed in due to the sure start putting her out of business, and i have not yet been able to find anybody else -- asked neighbours, etc...
Thanks for all replies. We are 4 miles outside Durham. Not very good bus links so need someone who can drive, especially since the person will have to collect DS from school 1.5 miles away from home.
I've contacted a nanny agency (tinies) -- even though it is expensive, I am hopeful that we will be able to find the right person for our familiy quickly this way. Really wish I had listened to my instincts and begun looking in the summer when we would have had more time and could possible have managed it on our own....
Wednesday will be one of my days off from the end of September. I'll be working two full days and two half days and am just waiting to hear what they are. I don't have CAT on here, how will I pass you my email details without making them public?