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Student Parents

In order for equality of opportunity to be a reality in Cambridge, quality affordable childcare is a necessity.

CUSU, the Women's Union and the CU Family Society work with the University for better childcare provision for its students, campaigning throughout the colleges and University for adjustments to improve the current situation for student families. We are working on improving applications from student parents and increasing the visibility of women with caring responsibilities within the Women's Union, CUSU, and around the University. We also want creche facilities at events and better publicity of available funds.

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You can also contact the University Childcare Office at http://www.cam.ac.uk/staffstudents/childcare/ or email on childcare@admin.cam.ac.uk

The Guide for Student Parents is an online resource that covers the basic questions about being a student parent in Cambridge.

The Parent Partnership Service (PPS) is a service for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs. It promotes positive outcomes for children and young people through partnerships between parents, schools, local authority officers and other agencies. Contact them at http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/education/parents/support/partnership or email parentgroups@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

The Cambridge University Family Society is a student-run organisation, aiming to provide support and information to student parents, their partners and children. The Society also aims to represent the needs of student parents at University level and to campaign on their behalf across the University. Find them at: http://www.societies.cam.ac.uk/family/

The Graduate Union sponsor a free, informal group to which students and/or their partners can bring their young children. It gives parents a chance to meet each other, relax and have tea, coffee and biscuits while the children play with the toys provided. The group runs every Friday in and out of term time from 10.00am - 12.30pm at the University Centre. Contact the Graduate Union Families Officer on families@gradunion.cam.ac.uk or the University Centre reception on 01223 (3)37766.

The University Accommodation Service can help with accommodation concerns. Find them at www.accommodation.cam.ac.uk

The Universities' (Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin) Holiday Playscheme operates during the state school holiday periods for school-age children. Further information is at: www.cam.ac.uk/staffstudents/ childcare/playscheme.