I hope to return to work by the time Evie is 2 in April and have been looking at pre-schools which she wont be able to start until September. I know you get 15 hours a week free child care when your child is 3 but ive heard people saying you can apply for it sooner if you NEED it???? For me to go back to work and put Evie in childcare will mean that we will only be slightly better off financially. DH works fulltime and pays our mortgage each month and some of the shopping and pay as much as i can towards food and clothes for Evie etc. For 1 im finding it pretty hard to get part time work and 2, is it worth it!? I do want to go back to work but whats the point if it doesnt really make much difference financially Im really annoyed as I signed on for JSA last week as im now looking for work and they were pretty rude saying that the work i want NEVER offers part time (it does) and the hours im after are not realistic nor is the pay im after either which is untrue What does everyone else do? Just continue to be unemployed until your child is 3?!?!