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

Childcare

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 offer grants to help students with their childcare costs. Follow the links below for more information:

Funding

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 offer a number of grants for students who have children and adults who are financially dependent on them. 

  • 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.


Further Education

The FE Learner 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.

Support and guidance

The Student Gateway

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 for advice on student finance, wellbeing, disability and much more. For more information about each of the services please visit the Student Gateway webpages.

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 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.

 
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