I have been toying with the idea of returning to work after being a sahm for nearly 13 years but I'm struggling to overcome some hurdles and thought I'd turn to you all for advice.
My primary reasons for considering working is to get me out of the house, meet some new people and stop each day blending into one! Secondary to those is the extra income.
Here are my problems. DH works overseas. He comes home every other Saturday for the day and then flies back to Berlin. My son has Autism and I cannot use run of the mill childcare for evenings, weekends or school holidays. I do not get direct payments and respite care paid privately costs approx £10 an hour in our area. I have no family to fall back on. Both parents are deceased.
Before I had my second child I worked as a classroom assistant and loved the job immensely but having looked into it as an option being term time only I would now need a minimum of an NVQ Level 2 qualification for a teaching support worker, something I don't have or needed 13 years ago. To gain this qualification I would need to do a 2 year part time college course thus delaying getting a job for those two years.
Has anyone found themselves in a similar situation or can see a possible solution please share.
Many, many thanks.