Finding child care

@lilybug (21182)
United States
May 22, 2009 11:37am CST
I am interviewing for a part time job today, but if I get it I have to figure out who is going to watch my kids. The hours are kind of strange, so finding someone might be difficult. Do you ever have a hard time finding child care? Do you line it up before you get a job or after you know you have it?
5 responses
• United States
1 Jun 09
First of all did you get the job? I would line up the child care to atleast know the the cost and the person or place's hours available. That's why I'm fortunate with my pt job they are willing to work around my hubby's hours, though they don't pay much I'm just thankful for them to be willing to work with my availability. My hubby watches our kids while I'm at work. Once in a while the in-laws would be they are not in good heath and too far to commute to everyday. My lil guy won't be in school til 2013 full time soooo I've been pondering if I go back full time or 3/4's time who will watch my kids in the summer when hubby is at work. Though by then I'll have an 11yo but still not quite old enough IMO to be put in charge of all three of them (including herself). Dilema's Dilema's! But yet I dream of that day so our lives will be better with 2 full incomes.
@cynthiann (18576)
• Jamaica
1 Jun 09
I am so behind with my responses. Bt now you may have heard whether you got the job or not. I hope that you did and that you now have someone to be a sitter for your kids. I was lucky when I returned to teaching as I had someone full time in the house to help me with the boys who I had in three and a half years. Yep. Three boys in 3 and a half years. It was not expensive and gave someone a job and she was with me for 27 years. I did not go back to teach until the youngest boy had started kindergarten When Rachel was born we had been devastated by a hurricane and I had to keep my job. The washing machine had long broken down and the washing was done by my helper by hand so I employed a lady to work in the mornings just to do the washing and ironing. It may sound crazy but she loved washing by hand. She used to take bundles of clothes each day outside in the yard to wash. Rachel was a preemie so I wanted my helper to concentrate on looking after her whilst I was away. I was back by 2.30 pm in the afternoons - long before the boys arrived. By the way Rachel has been offereed a mega job in Dubai but I am not sure if she will take it or come back here to teach. I think that she would miss her fiance. But a zipper is on my lips as she a;lone must make the decision. Blessings. Let me know how it went.
@katsmeow1213 (28462)
• United States
1 Jun 09
I've really never had anyone other than family watch my kids. My mom used to watch my oldest before I became a stay at home mom. Once the twins came along I stopped working full time. My mom helped out for awhile when the twins were toddlers so I could work part time. I mostly try to work opposite hubby so we don't have to hire a sitter, but his hours make it tough, and jobs I get opposite his hours never lasted long. I did have my in laws watch the kids for awhile a couple years ago so I could have a part time job. That was the last time I attempted to work. I think if I were to get a job now that I needed a sitter for, I'd try to set it up with the sitter first. I have a girlfriend who stays home with her baby, and I was thinking of asking her if she'd watch my kids so I could work part time during the day... but I think at this point I'll wait until the fall when they go back to school. At that point my toddler might be in full day preschool so she'd only have to watch the baby, which would save me money.
@lelin1123 (15647)
• Puerto Rico
22 May 09
Well I think the best thing would be to make sure you have a babysitter available before you apply for a job. I think that would make more sense. If you apply for a job and you need to report to work on Monday and its Friday you have two days to find a babysitter. If you were living in the Rio Rancho, NM area I would watch your child for you, especially since my 3 year old granddaughter is alone all day with me and no one her age. Mmaybe if you put an add in your local paper or a flyer in the local store. Good luck to you!
• United States
22 May 09
Always, always line up someone/someplace to watch your child before you go for the job. A: it's a confidence boost, you're going into the interview assuming you'll get the job and you'll interview as such and b: you don't want your child to be an afterthought in your planning.