I am an excessively broody nursery teacher. My husband and I lost our first baby in November. It was an ectopic pregnancy and I had keyhole surgery to partially remove my right Fallopian tube and my baby. I am still devastated and have recently returned to full time teaching after being very depressed. AF arrived today so I am a hormonal and emotional wreck! We will be TTC again this cycle so I am excited but terrified of losing another baby. When we successfully have a baby I am intending to leave teaching and become a childminder. I initially trained as a nursery nurse, did a Psychology degree, PGCE and a Master of Arts in Education (of which I am most proud!) I know I am over qualified for this role but I think I will love it. I adore babies although I am very sad around them at the moment. I am a little concerned that I will want further challenge so am considering: a child study on my own infant and perhaps on the children I would be childminding (pending parental permission, of course). I am unsure whether I could receive funding for a doctorate for this as I certainly can't afford tuition fees. running groups for childminders and other Mums from my home based on my nursery experience: singalong groups, baby signing, storying or similar... providing training for nannies and childminders. Do these ideas sound plausible? I need to chat to childminders who look after children at my children's centre to find out more. I have emailed the National Childminding Association as well. I would be interested to hear the thoughts of any Mums and wonder if anyone else has made this career change? Or whether you have a childminder and would value this type of experience over a standard childminding qualification? Many thanks!