Hi, I left teaching to look after my children full time when young. I taught full time in a small primary school for 3 years then returned on a part-time for a further four years (including maternity leave). When my second child was in pre-school I did some regular supply for an independent prep school for one year then planned to return to teaching part-time once my second child started school. I had a couple of interviews which went well but I was not offered the position. Then my youngest child got ill, very ill. Without going into details, I was unable to apply for anything for a year for practical reasons and another year as I wasn't emotionally ready. However now my child is doing very well and due to start Juniors in September and I am ready to return to work. I am writing for advice on applying for teaching jobs. Do I mention the reasons why I have not been working? Do I need to mention the illness in my cover letter or at interview or not at all? Have too many years passed to get back into teaching? I have tried to keep up to date with changes in education but would it be better to apply for Teaching Assistant positions instead as a way to get back into it or would this jeopardise a future in teaching? Confused, hope you can help.