I know these posts are back in 2011 but you hit the nail on the head for me.
Like you, Im recently out of work, like you, I used to be in admin 9-5 which i never enjoyed anyways and like you I like in munster and was looking into childcare a new career path.
I just wanted to know what did you decide to do after the forum? A distance learning course would really suit me too or a course in cork? What course did you end up doing? What type of work experience did you get? What area of childcare do you now work in? And does the negative side of childcare exist as mentioned in this forum ie lots of young girls working for minimum wage and so is it hard to earn a decent wage? Im really hesitate to do childcare course aswell as not sure what are the best courses and not sure if I will eventually earn an good average wage
Really hope I hear back from you as you would really help me!!