I thought I'd start a new post rather than continue to take over the Northern Ireland board! I know there are a few of you out there, so, for those in Ireland (ROI):
I work remotely for a company from home, in our small apartment. When the baby comes, I am interested in finding someone to come to our home part time and watch the baby, and perhaps help with cooking (not required), while I am at home. I would like this person to also take the baby out while I stay home and work.
I had read up on childminders, creches, au pairs (live in, live out), and babysitter-type services, but am not finding anything that really fits my needs. So, can someone recommend where I can find (or a resource that will better explain):
1) A person to do what I described above (I want to hire one person; I am not interested in an agency that will substitute people in and out as they please); and
2) For a price that is reasonable, but legal (live out au pair seemed to fit, but then I read that people often pay them the "live in" au pair rate, but without covering their living expenses, which is not legal.)
Right now, we are trying to budget for child care, and it seems that we have to pay "minimum wage + taxes" .... but I don't know what minimum wage is here, and if that even applies to non full time people. Honestly, it looks like childcare is going to cost way more than I make as an attorney.
Again, any suggestions on websites or resources would be greatly appreciated!