We're looking for new part-time childcare for our 3-yr and 11-mo olds. We need them kept somewhere other than our house. So far we have three options:
A) The sahm across the street who has kids in middle & high school. Nice, but doesn't strike me as very active or "fun." Her kids seem a little anti-social.
B) A really nice woman in her late 30's who is married with no kids. Babysits a lot for people we know - at their houses. Tried her one day last week & the kids love her. But her house is totally not child-ready. She had towels and blankets covering all her furniture when we arrived :) We/she would need to buy PNP, gates, highchair, car seat...and maybe slipcovers? Lives about 15 mins away, but it's on the way to my office.
C) A friend who has a 2-yr-old and infant. My daughter plays really well with her son, and I definitely trust her with them. Lives 5 mins away. She wouldn't be able to drive them anywhere (like to the playground or anything) and lives in a townhome on a busy street. Would be less expensive than option B. DH is worried that it could be weird to employ a friend.
D) Keep looking.