Student parents

The information on the following pages is for students with caring responsibilities for children. If you have decided to study at university whilst raising your family, then we hope you will find the following pages helpful. If you don't find the answers you are looking for, please contact us at transitions@dmu.ac.uk

Get Involved

We are keen to hear from current students who have parenting responsibilities to ensure we are meeting your needs and expectations. If you would like to get involved in shaping our provision for student parents please contact the Transitions Team on transitions@dmu.ac.uk.

You may also be interested in an up and coming guide for student parents, written by DMU Lecturer Dr Helen Owton.

Based on her own experience as a 'student parent', Studying As A Parent: A Handbook for Success, contains practical information and tips, for how to juggle commitments to support available and suggestions for future directions after study.

Helen says, "The handbook is also designed to reassure student parents that they are not alone. And throughout the book you will hear the voices of other students, describing the joys and delights of what works well, as well as cautioning you to try and avoid what doesn't work so well."

Childcare

The links below will direct you away from the DMU website. You will be directed to a third party site.

Leicester City Council

The Leicester City Council has a Childcare Directory which provides information on childcare provision in Leicester.

Leicester City Council also have a number of useful links on their website for Children and Family Care.

Activity Clubs in Leicester

Club zone

Clubszone are an established Midlands children’s day activity and club provider operating a variety of holiday, breakfast, lunch, afterschool and term time clubs.

Zheebz (ages 22mnths-8yrs)

Zheebz provide schemes such as Education Fitness-Fun, Footy Zheebz, Mini Fun (theatrical play schemes), Mega Footy, Zheebz Parties.

Wildlife Watch

Explore, discover, learn and be inspired by taking part in events and activities with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

Playschemes

PlayFit manage a range of specialist playschemes providing Multi-sports and Performing Arts activities to keep children entertained during school holidays, 9am and 3:30pm daily.

King Edwards VII Sports Centre

During every school holiday, they run a KESTREL Sports Scheme. Children can be dropped off at 8.30am and picked up at 5pm.

What’s on for Little Ones

You can find lots of classes and activities for babies, toddlers and pre-school children.

Help with childcare costs

Student Finance England and the NHS offer grants to help students with their childcare costs.  Who you apply to will depend on who you receive your core student funding from.  Follow the links below for more information:

Funding

Some of the links below will direct you away from the DMU website.  You will be directed to a third party site.

Student Finance and Welfare

As a student parent, you may be entitled to apply for additional funding to help towards certain costs.  To ensure you apply for all the relevant funding contact Student Finance and Welfare.

In addition to the above our Money Doctor clinics can help with budgeting advice. You can book a Money Doctors appointment by calling (0116) 257 7595 or by emailing sfw@dmu.ac.uk


Dependant's Grants

Student Finance England  and the NHS offer a number of grants for students who have children and adults who are financially dependant on them. 

Student Finance England

  • Childcare Grant (external link) - available to full time students who have at least one dependent child under 15 at the beginning of the academic year who is in registered or approved childcare.
  • Parent's Learning Allowance (external link) - available to full time students with dependent children, which can help with extra costs associated with being a parent.
  • Adult Dependants' Grant (external link) - available to full time students with a partner or other adult who depends you financially.


NHS

Download the NHS Student Bursary Guide (external link) for more information, see page 6-7 for various elements of the NHS Bursary.

Further Education Support Fund

The FE Support Fund is a government fund that you can apply to through the university once you have enrolled.  It might help with accommodation and travel costs, as well as course materials and childcare.

Only students enrolled on a Further Education course at DMU can apply to this fund. At DMU, the only course this applies to is the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

VC Fund

At De Montfort University there is the opportunity to apply for additional funding from the VC Fund.  VC Fund scholarships are awarded to any student who demonstrates potential, commitment and ambition in their approach to university and studies. This is all part of our ongoing commitment to providing DMU students with the best possible student experience.

Support and guidance

The Student Gateway, based in Gateway House, is a welcoming integrated reception for all non-academic enquiries.  A number of services are available in the Student Gateway, such as:

More information is provided below on some of these services, for more information follow the links above.

Student finance and welfare

DMU's Student Finance and Welfare team is here to provide advice to students on all aspects of money matters. If you need help to manage your money because you are in debt, or if you are worried that you will not be able to afford to stay at university, we can help you manage your finances and access funding that you might be eligible for. Advice is also available on benefits, the financial implications of deferring or leaving your course and we can also refer you to other DMU departments and outside agencies for general welfare issues.

Counselling, mental health and wellbeing 

They offer a range of services aimed at promoting emotional wellbeing and helping you to achieve your full potential at DMU. Hundreds of DMU students access their services each year. Counselling deals with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress and confidence building. Life coaching can support personal development helping you to maximise your potential. The mental health team can help students with a diagnosed mental health condition get support for their studies. Use this website to get information on counselling and life coaching, interactive self-help resources and support for students with a diagnosed mental health condition.

Personal tutors

DMU provides all of its undergraduate students with a personal tutor who can be contacted regarding any general academic matter or personal concerns relating to such matters as adjustment to life at DMU.  If you aren't sure who your Personal Tutor is you can find out by loggin in to myDMU.  Your Personal Tutors name can be found under the 'Personal' and 'Course' tabs.  Once you have this visit your Faculty Student Advice Centre for their contact details.

Seek support and advice from your tutors as early as possible. At times, your studies do need to take precedence. Working at regular times also means that you can give your employer as much notice as possible during periods where you might need more time. Often a certain kind of confident assertiveness is required; being assertive is a useful and possibly vital actively which can be learned and practiced.

National Union of Students

The National Union of Students (NUS) has published a report 'Meet the Parents' looking at the experience of student parents. The site also has some useful general links to childcare and funding.

netmums.com

Try joining up to netmums.com. There are lots of local resources available: childcare, childminders, activity clubs, financial assistance, childcare board, day nurseries, holiday playshemes. 

 
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