hi, i started working voluntary in my sons infant school this led to a lunchtime job which was paid. as i was doing so much time voluntary i looked into a college course. i managed to do a level 2 nvq teaching asisstant. i was required to do 10 hours per week hands on work at school and 1 morning [9-12] at my local adult education centre. this was for 1 academic year. i then went on to complete my level 3 which took another year. it was hard to fit in all the study, homework and placment, but it didnt affect my family life too much. hope this helps x