Thanks, I have the pack just finding it impossible to contact (and get a response) from my local tutor and the local branch. Will just have to keep trying, your right though probably lots of people on holidays and stuff at the moment.
Thank you, have now heard from the branch who have said ok. Just need to get a tutor now, problem is the one for my area has literally just changed hands and keep emailing head office for new tutors contact details but they not responding. I will get there, but good to know i'm not the only one who has found it hard.
So to keep me going those who are on the course...tell me all about it, how are you getting on?
I embarked on this training last year (although I have since stopped as I had a change of heart about whether it was what I really wanted to do). It took me almost 2 months to get hold of the application pack and get in touch with a teacher trainer, then another 2 months until I was accepted on to the course. At every stage of the process I felt like I was pulling teeth - everyone soooooo slow and I was raring to go! The NCT is an incredibly bureaucratic and frustrating organisation to deal with.
On the plus side, the course was fantastic once I was on it, although ultimately it wasn't for me.
I would advise you to consider contacting more than one teacher, even if it means you have to travel (tutorials are generally only once a month anyway), as if you pin all your hopes on one teacher you may be disappointed - the tutor groups are often full. Also, are you an NCT member and do you volunteer for them in any capacity? If not, you may want to sign up a.s.a.p and contact your local branch, as they often give preference to members who are actively involved in the NCT (unless you are self funding?).
Good luck. If you persist, you'll get there in the end (!), and it's good preparation for how frustrating it can be for people trying to book antenatal classes!
Can I ask a Q or 2. I am thinking of doing the training, but want to know a bit more than what the pack offers. Do you have to attend tuorials every month? when your up and running do you get paid for doing it? Is the training good / well orgainised. Is there any hidden costs?