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Parents and Carers Network

Our Parents and Carers Network was set up in 2013 and runs events for student parents and carers. You can find out more here. If you would like to suggest an event please contact the Officer for Students with Caring Responsibilities at su-scr.officer@ucl.ac.uk.

Self-identification

Self-identification is the belief that an individual has that they belong to a certain group. Identifying yourself into specific groups helps the Union and respective officers in many ways. For example, in the case of students with caring responsibilities this data provides an insight into the number of UCL students who are parents or carers, helping the officer who represents these students to communicate better and organize more tailored events.

Here is how you can identify yourself to be having caring responsibilities:

Log in to your SU profile using your UCL username and password. Once you enter your profile, you can check the available data on your SU membership, your course details etc.

Go to the ‘Edit’ tab to update your profile and select the ‘self-define’ information on categories provided, including the status of caring responsibility.

Childcare

UCL has a nursery - if you’d like to make enquiries about the UCL Day Nursery email   .  

Most student parents choose childcare outside of UCL, near where they live and there are some grants and schemes that can help with the costs. If you’re a full-time student and live in England you may be eligible for a Childcare Grant  or Care to Learn .  

To find childcare and family services in your area simply visit this website  and enter your postcode.

You can also visit the Union Advice Service to discuss childcare options with our advisors.

Breastfeeding

Students are welcome to breastfeed anywhere on campus. If you’re looking for a private, designated breastfeeding space, students are entitled to use the breastfeeding rooms provided for staff. The list of rooms can be found here .

For information on breastfeeding in public places and your rights, see this factsheet from Maternity Action .

Child-friendly Spaces

Supervised children are welcome in all of the Union Cafes (George Farha, Print Room (Unsuitable for under 18’s after 18:30), Gordons and Bloomsbury) and there are highchairs in all of these outlets. If you would like milk or baby food warmed up then please ask the baristas.

Our other licensed venues Mully’s, Huntley and Phineas are unsuitable for under 18s, with the exception of visit days, prearranged tours and events taking place when the bar is not open.

Taking Children into UCL Libraries

Whilst the libraries are not designed to be family-friendly, students may take their children in with them on a one-off basis.

Resources for Student Parents and Carers

Citizens Advice Bureau  – find your local bureau.

Family and Childcare Trust  - find childcare and family services in your area.

Gingerbread  - free advice, training and practical support for single parents. Helpline: 0808 802 0925.

Gingerbread factsheets  – factsheets on a series of topics relating to money, work and family.

Health and Safety Executive  - information for new and expectant mothers at work.

Student Parents  – information on being a student parent, including an online budget calculator.

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