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Enlighten me - child care options!
Hello, I work full-time and so does my husband. I work (give or take) 8.30am to 6pm Mon-Fri, but H works an 8 day shift rotation, same shifts in same order in the 8 day pattern but because it's 8 days we couldn't easily book, for example, the same days each week for day care or childminder.
I've been through the shifts and it looks as though we would need approx 27 hours cover a week (if my work aren't amenable to my dropping a day a week, then it would be 22). The plan *was* for my sister to be our childminder, but she (fabulously and wonderfully) has overcome lots of problems to fall pregnant with twins that are due early next year. So we're ruling that option out for now.
There's a week in the 8 week rotation where we need 3 all days and 2 afternoons, but another where we only need 1 day and 1 afternoon. And all sorts of variety in between.
I would, without doubt, prefer childcare in our home, or alternatively, in someone else's home. Due to our jobs we can both be held up at work at short notice, not often but it can happen.
I've been browsing various sites online but it all feels a bit hopeless! And obviously, we need to keep the costs as low as we can. Any advice as to where we should be looking or what definitely won't work for us so I can target my research better?
Many thanks for any help