So, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Littlest dd will start school full time next August and I would like to work in an area I enjoy. I really enjoy baking, cooking and feel I am quite good [smug mode].
Lets say the lovely little cafe down the road that does homemade soup, lovely baking, and fantastic sandwiches was looking for someone in the kitchen, what qualifications would I need (or certificates etc) to enable me to apply for something like that?
I dont want to do anything too fancy, I am not thinking about michelin stars or anything!!
A food hygiene certificate wouldn't hurt your chances. I don't think you really need any qualifications. Do you have any experience working with food or people? (customers) because that again will be a great advantage.
Go and do an nvq in cookery in your local college. You will learn the basics, get all the qualifications you need and you will LOVE it. I went to catering college a long time ago and loved it but dss is currently doing a level 3 nvq in catering and last year there were plenty of older women in his year. I think you could do one part time for a year and get enough qualifications to do what you want.