Okay, so DD is in school, so I don't need daycare services all day long... and right now I just use before and after school care.
Thing is, my new job will possibly have me working until 6 some nights, 8 others, and on Saturdays. FOR NOW that is fine... because DP is here to pick up the slack. He's been offered a job in the new year at the mines though... 3 weeks on, 1 week off... meaning that all this relying on him to help is pretty much gonna cease.
Family are not really an option. I might be able to organise for Mum to help out on Saturdays, but that will mean a 70/80km trip to her place on Friday night and back... and the same again the next day... so it's not going to be terribly economical.
Given DP will be at hte mines though, he's already learnt what his pay will be like, and it'll be pretty decent. It means I should be able to hire someone (a nanny?) to help out... but can you? Can you say "I'll need you every Saturday... after after about 6pm on SOME nights a week... I'll just have to tell you when?" Is that even possible to do? Or I suppose I could just have her pick DD straight up from school I guess... but still, it'll be different working hours every week.
Look, I know I don't HAVE to work if DP earns as much as he will... but I want to. I've been studying to get this job, I got a job that is much more prestigious than I had expected straight out of college... so I want it. I am over sitting around doing sweet F-A. I want to work, and I want THIS job.
So... is there a way to do this? Can you hire Nannies or babysitters or whatever to deal with these hours? I guess a uni-student might be interested? I have no idea, but I'm a bit worried and want to sort it out ASAP!