Hi there. I turned 20 last month and i am looking to go into a career as a teaching assistant in primary education. I've always wanted to work with children and after a lot of thought and research i have decided that a teaching assistant in a primary school is the right role for me.I enjoy being around children, i have been told by numerous people that i'm good with kids and i really want to be able to make a difference in young peoples lives. I'm looking to start college in September, the course i'm interested in is the Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Although i'm waiting till around May/June time for more information regarding course fees etc to enrol. I'm currently unemployed and looking for part time work so i can still earn money whilst studying and pay for the fees and i don't claim jobseekers. I have a couple of questions which i would like some help with. Firstly, i know i won't get a difinitive answer but how much on average would this course cost me? None of the local colleges i've looked at give any information on this, i've also emailed a few colleges about fees and getting the costs covered by them and they've all said for me to wait untill around June time for more information to be released. I've had a look at a few of the different types of grants and government funding but i am unsure as to whether i would meet this criteria, i fear that in the current climate i may not be able to find a job in time to save up to pay for the course. Worst case scenario i'll take out a small loan to cover the costs, but i really would like to avoid this. Also, what would be the best way to get a volunteer placement in a local primary school? Would it be better to phone them up or send them a letter along with my CV? I would be required to be working at least 2 days a week in a school setting. When should i get this sorted? Should i wait untill i've enrolled or just start contacting schools now? And would the college be able to help me in getting a work placement? Any help with this would be much appreciated. I'm really looking forward to going into this field of work it just feels like i'm having to wait so long for prospectuses and information to be released by my local colleges. Thanks in advance for any advice given.