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Parenting and Childcare

Support for parents

These web pages bring together information about university policies, support and initiatives for staff and students who are parents. Much of the information will also be useful to managers of staff who are about to embark on a period of leave (for maternity, paternity or adoption reasons) or who already have young children.

Individual guidance and support for staff is available from Human Resources. To find contact details for your HR Adviser - visit the HR Contacts web page.

Guidance and support for student parents (including advice on funding childcare) is available from Services for Students.

To help you find what you need, below we have outlined the topics covered and the relevance of the information to staff, students and managers.

SubjectDescriptionStaff / Student / Manager
Manager’s maternity guidance Essential and practical guidance and checklist outlining responsibilities of managers for female staff before, during and after a period of maternity leave. Staff and managers
Parent Buddy Scheme Peer support scheme for new and expectant parents at the university Staff only
Health & Safety Risk Assessment

Requirement for expectant and new mothers.

Staff, students and managers

Leave, pay, cover

Links to the university policies in these areas.

Staff, students and managers

Parenting Leave Fund Fund of up to £10k for academic and research staff working in all disciplines returning from a career break Staff only
Carers’ Career Development Fund Scheme to support academic and research staff with the additional care costs associated with attending conferences and events outside normal working hours Staff only
Childcare vouchers Information on the university's Childcare Voucher salary sacrifice scheme. Staff only
Flexible working Summary of university policy plus useful resources to support staff in preparing applications for flexible working and managers in dealing with requests. Staff and managers
Parenting rooms The university's provision in relation to breastfeeding / expressing, feeding, changing and rest facilities. Staff and students
Childcare Information on nurseries with which the university has links, plus organisations that can help with choosing childcare. Staff and students
Relevant university policies List of university policies and initiatives relevant to parents. Staff, students and managers
Protections under the Equality Act 2010 Summary of legal provisions covering pregnancy and maternity leave. Staff and students
Further help List of useful contacts and resources. Staff and students
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