I have worked on a supply basis in primary schools (both in KS1 and 2) in the Greenwich and Lewisham Boroughs for about 10 years now, with a couple of years out during that time when I was working in longer-term posts. Although I now no longer live in SE London and am now based in rural Kent, I am still on the books of my agency in London as supply can be very scarce in these parts, so for the past couple of years I have continued to work in London by either travelling up by car in the morning (about 65 miles one way!) or by travelling up the night before and staying with a friend in order to get to work on time the next morning. (Obviously, I only do pre-booked work as I cannot take early morning calls and get to schools on time on this basis!) I say I have "continued" to work in London, but perhaps more accurately, I should say that I continue to be registered with my agency and that they continue to text me each week to ask my availability for the following week. The reality however is that I have only been offered work on one day since September - and that was a day I couldn't do! When I first started supply work in London, it was a completely different story. The phone never stopped ringing, I had my pick of jobs most days and could easily (and often did) work 5 days per week if I wanted to, although I actually only needed to work 3. I did notice a change last year, and that there seemed to be less work available in general, although this didn't really affect me too much- as I now do a fair bit of home tuition, I can manage fine on 2 days per week. And even this time last year my agency were texting me pressurising me to work on days that I didn't really want to, as they still had ample jobs coming in. How times have changed! Even my agency have admitted (in their words) that the supply scene has been like "a graveyard" since September and that they find it extremely "worrying". There is no need to go into the reasons for this decline in day-to-day work, as it has been very comprehensively and well documented elsewhere on the thread. So, at the moment I am getting by on private tuition, exam marking and odd bits of one-to-one I am sometimes lucky enough to pick up in local schools. If you had posted a couple of years ago asking about doing supply work in SE London, I would have said 'go for it!' and assured you that there was plenty of work about. However, now I can only say that I would advise you to think very carefully about whether you could manage financially with the uncertainity and lack of work, as day-to-day work at least seems to be dead on its feet. Of course, you might be lucky and pick up something longer term, such as a maternity cover, but that wouldn't give you the flexibility which you need and desire for your son. I'm sorry to sound so doom and gloom, but I'm just trying to give you a realistic picture of what the supply scene is like in SE London at the moment - obviously this is only my experience and others may have a different tale to tell. And in fairness, I am only currently registered with one (small) agency - signing up with multiple agencies or the larger ones might of course increase your chances of getting work. I do wish you luck if you decide to go down the supply route and hope that lots of work comes your way! Happy to chat about schools / agencies etc via PM too so feel free to contact me that way if you have any specific questions.