So I am having to change my work hours and my ds has recently had changes to his time spent with FOB. I am struggling to find after school care every fortnight for up to 2 hours on 2-3 days. Ds's school has after school care but there is a waiting list and because I only want it fortnightly I have been told that I am less likely to secure a spot. Anyhow my friend's dd is 12 and has asked if she can do babysitting for me. I would never leave dd with her but ds is almost 8. Miss 12 would have to get my ds from school to home (about a 500m walk), get him a snack, settle him into his homework and on occasion turn the slow cooker on to finish off a half cooked meal. Miss 12 is pretty responsible for her age, good at doing her own homework, owns a mobile phone and happy to only work every 2nd week. It is highly possible that once my mum is out of hospital then my mum will be in the house at the same time (though she herself won't be able to do the supervision). There is also an after school activity that I could have ds do on one of those days and the school bus stops right outside so they could go together and I could collect them both after the class.
Do you think 12 is too young based on the expectations and my description? I can be seen chasing ds with cotton wool at times so this is not an easy decision for me!