I have suffered severe MH illness and have a DS who will start reception in sept 2017 who's settled in a school nursery
I don't want to remove him as the school are so supportive to me and we have a TAC etc due to my mental health. My HV would actually like me to try and claim PIP however the jobcentre on the other hand are being "your a benefit scrounger, get to work already everybody else is"
I know my MH wouldn't allow me to work quite a few jobs. I couldn't for example cope with commuting into the city and avoid certain public transport routes, I can't really cope in a crowd or noisy situations but there must be something out there I can manage
I was thinking a small office locally as a part time administrator (I have previous experience) would be possible if I could walk to it etc
I have no family or friends who can take on any aspect of childcare though and nursery doesn't start till 8.45 each morning
How does it work? I currently claim income support etc, and he gets 15hrs free childcare which is used in the school nursery.
How much do I need to earn for us to be the same financially or better off?
If you have a year before reception starts, I would start off with a voluntary job, eg in a local office as you suggest. This will increase your confidence. It's not easy to find part time paid work, especially if you're limited to a certain region, so any revent experience will help.