I've been searching for work for about 2 years now, so I'm super excited to have a job offer. But I have also just realized that for most of the time I've been a mom I have had part time jobs or an after-school nanny. Now we can't afford individual child care and my kids are old enough that I feel OK about leaving them home on their own for a couple of hours most afternoons. My 3rd grader will go to the after-school extended care program for the one day a week she gets out 2 hours earlier than her brother. So far, so good.
So here is my dilemma. Twice a month DS has therapist appointments. Once a month DD has an orthodontist appointment. Once a quarter each of them has a med-check doctor's appointments. All of these are essential. None of them can be scheduled after work hours or on weekends. Neither DH nor I can take that much time off of work, at least not right now. So clearly I need some sort of child care to handle transportation to these appointments. But its not enough for a "regular" sitter. How/where do I find people that can do this for me? The sitter services in the area can't guarantee that they could always send a familiar person and I don't want some random stranger showing up saying "Hi, I'm here to take you to your appointment". I don't have any regular sitters that I use at the moment -- no money for going out. Thoughts or ideas?