If you are a student with children, we are here to support you. This page contains resources to help find childcare, funding and where there are facilities to help you on the main campus.
You may wish to choose a childminder, another private nursery or your local school nursery. There are many options which you can explore here.
In Scotland, children aged 3 and 4 are entitled to 1140 hours of nursery provision per year or 30 hours per week. If your child is a looked after 2 year old or you receive qualifying benefits, you will also be able to access these hours. You can use your entitlement at a registered childminder, private nursery or school nursery.
You may be able to apply to the University Childcare Fund. This fund is provided by the Scottish Government to help toward childcare costs for students who are parents. Find out more here.
As a single, divorced, separated or widowed student with at least one dependent, you can apply for the Lone Parent Grant from SAAS – apply for this in your initial funding application.
If you are a single parent and have applied to SAAS for the Lone Parent Grant (LPG), you can apply to the University for the Lone Parent Childcare Grant (LPCG) of £1215 which goes towards your registered childcare costs.
Students are generally not entitled to means tested benefits from the government, however, an exception to this is if you are a responsible for a child. To check if you are eligible contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
There are a number of spaces and facilities on the main campus that are child friendly.
Children are welcome in the DUSA building, as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult who is a member. Children are not permitted in the building after 9pm.
Children are also allowed into the library for periods of up to 30 minutes – you should not bring children with you if you intend to stay/study for a longer period of time.
Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere on campus. You have a legal right to breastfeed anywhere you wish in Scotland. If you do prefer a private space to breastfeed, there is a breastfeeding room in the basement of the Tower Building. You can find more information about your rights here.
Baby changing facilities are available in the Tower Building in the disabled toilet next to the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre and also in the ladies toilet of the Chaplaincy.
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