Hello all, I'm looking for some advice regarding my return to teaching... Firstly, I don't think I have been into the TES staffroom for ten years, I am absolutely thrilled to see TheoGriff is still here! I often think of TheoGriff's advice when applying for jobs. I've just tried to purchase the book but it's unavailable, does anyone know when it might be sorted? So I'll try to keep it brief... I qualified in 2007 (specialism in Early Years) and went straight into supply teaching where I did a mix of day to day supply and long term roles. I have taught in various year groups but I would still consider myself much more experienced in EY. I still have contacts at these schools- colleagues, assistant heads, but the head teachers have moved on. In July 2013 I left teaching to be a childminder. I got excellent feedback in three inspections and lots of positive feedback from families. I still have contact with most of the families I worked with. I stopped childminding in August of 2018 to look after my grandmother, she died the following March and so I began to plan my return to teaching as my three children are now all in school. I began volunteering at my children's school with a view to being able to ask for a reference and be around if any jobs came up but I find it's difficult when you're known as a parent and active member of the PTA. As I could only help one morning a week I didn't actually get chance to do much other than listening to readers etc. In February I started supply again, before schools closed I did two odd days and then went back to one of the schools for four weeks straight. I wasn't in EY, but I loved it. I am now desperate to get back to it but my CV is a mess. Who do I give as references? Am I kidding myself? Should I give up on applications and stick with supply work? P.S. I feel I should point out that I've probably only applied for 30 jobs in my entire career. I've always been offered fixed term positions whilst already working. Lots of people have offered advice on my application but I've only ever had four interviews.