The best thing is to get out and meet both in your area and see who you like, it really depends on finding a person/people you feel confident leaving LO with. Make sure you are clear about the hours you need and if late care is an option for meetings/parents evenings, unless you have others who can help. I have a CM, she is fab, has a lovely big play-room and garden, takes the kids to the post office and shops, just does all the normal things he would do at home, she know LO well which is nice. She also doesn't charge for holidays and gives him a hot meal every lunch. She does finish at 4.30 but my neighbour is willing to get LO if I am late. There's no one right answer, but try and meet a few people in person and chat about how the typical day goes, food, TV or not, discipline, if they have a back up if they're ill. you soon feel if you can image leaving your child somewhere. glad things are looking up for you, hope you find something you like.