I'd appreciate feedback from those who use family members as their main source of childcare. How has it been for you, good or bad? What sort of arrangements do you have with them? There's loads of logistical problems we have with possible childcare such as only having one car and I work shifts. My sil is a full time stay at home mum, with her youngest starting school in Sept. She's talking about getting a job now. OH has suggested asking her to look after our son. We would pay her, but don't know where we'd stand legally on this? It would help massively as she's likely to be more flexible than someone independent. But I worry our son wouldn't mix with other children. My main concern is if there are any issues with how she's looking after it, I want to be able to speak my mind without fear of causing a family fall out. I'm not saying there would be, but I would feel reassured knowing that if anything did go wrong etc, I could deal with it as a customer paying for a service I'm not happy with. I probably sound very ungrateful, but I feel sometimes it's best not to mix family/friends and business. Thing is, it would help us out massively! I just don't know!!