OK--Jonathan is gong to be in public preschool. They provide transportation to and from school if you are in the school district. No problem. Except it's a 1/2 day program, so I have to have him with a sitter the other 1/2 of the day. And our sitter DOESN'T live in the school district. So, either I have to haul hiney to get to the sitter, pick him up, take him to school, and get back to work in 45 minutes, or I have to find another sitter. DH wantes me to find someone closer to home. But everyone I've talked to charges as much for part time as Deb does for full time. Or they don't want a child with special needs or delays. Or they want a guarantee that they'll be there for so many weeks/months, or you have to pay whether they're there or not. Or they want only full time, so you'd have to pay full time to get him a part time spot. AND, since the school doesn't run in the summer, I need a full-time summer sitter, too.
DH made a few comments about finding someone else ASAP when he found out how soon Jonathan was starting school and that I planned to just pick him up and run him back and forth myself at lunch. I know he's worrying about the car and milage and gas. But at the same time, I can't really put him in school and change his sitter all at once. That's just way too much change.
I've called all the ads in the paper. They're either in bad areas (like I'm afraid I'm gonna be in the middle of a drive-by shooting on the way to pick him up) or you call and can tell from the background noise that something's not right. Or you know as soon as you meet them that they're nice people, but not the kind of influence you want around your child.
So, I posted an ad on Freecycle regarding looking for part-time Christian childcare in the Middletown School District. I asked for recommendations or contact form peole who would be interested in providing themselves. Do you think this was a stupid move. I didn't give out any personal information. But after I posted it, I just felt a little