I'm freelancing a small amount from home, and I am starting to use a mother's helper to be here while I am here working, and am looking for some "parents' day out" type programs. With two kids, I just can't get enough done while they are both (finally) sleeping. With one I could, and I was happy to save that money. My freelance work load is very inconsistent though, and hard to predict, so that makes commiting to a sitter or part-time daycare difficult. Also, I am just finding it hard to find part-time daycare. I wish there was more options and more info out there about it. I am looking at some churches right now, since some have mothers' day out type programs.
I find it hard to work though, when I can hear my kids in the next room and feel like I have to occasionally help.
This isn't helpful I know, but I'm kind of in the same position.