Ayi Yigh Yigh!!
Christie and I will be teaching at Tsinghua next Spring, and even though it is months away, it is amazing how fast time is moving and how much stuff needs to be taken care of between now and then.
One of the issues (the many, many issues) that we need to figure out is child care. Of course, Parker will be there (3 1/2 at the time) and so will the new baby (still in utero, will be 6mo when we arrive). One of the possibilities we are considering is an ayi (Chinese for nanny or housekeeper). As is to be expected, however, we know nothing about it.
Is there anyone out there who has any experience with this? How does hiring an ayi generally work? Referrals? Services? How much does it typically cost, if you wanted the person to watch your children during the day, three to five days a week (say)? Are there any issues to look out for?
I realize it’s a long shot asking these questions on the blog, but you never know who is reading.