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Student parents

Whether you already have a child or are about to become a parent, services are available to support your study with us.

We believe that being pregnant, adopting or caring for a child should not in itself be a barrier to applying for, starting or succeeding in a programme of study. We strive to be as flexible as possible in any such situation. The University has a policy on pregnancy, maternity and becoming a parent while enrolled on a programme of studies that includes a set of guidance notes for you.

Little Scholars Nursery

Little Scholars Nursery is our on campus nursery that welcomes the children of both students and staff, aged ten weeks to five years.

We provide a safe, nurturing, inclusive and stable environment that is innovative, stimulating and challenging – one where all children can thrive, learn and make new friends.

Further information about Little Scholars Nursery

Extra financial support

Additional funding may be available to students with children via your funding body (Student Finance, NHS Bursary). The funding is means-tested on the household income. It can include additional allowances and support towards childcare costs. Please contact your funding body for further information.

The Advice and Money Team in the Student Support Centre can work with you to ensure you get all the funding you are entitled to from your funding body and from welfare benefits.

If you require advice or information on how being a parent will affect your studies, you can contact the Advice and Money Team to discuss options such as reporting extenuating circumstances or even applying for an interruption of study. If you seek help in finding childcare or locating a school if you are moving to the area, the team can also provide support and signpost you to other services and organisations.

Student Funding and Advice Team

Student support

As any registered student at Cardiff University, you can access all the other services available within the Student Support Centre such as the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service, Disability and Dyslexia Service and Career and Employability.

Tailored work experience opportunities

Cardiff University is a partner of the Go Wales: Achieve through Work Experience programme that is part-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government. The programme is for young students on higher education courses in Wales who are facing barriers in securing work experience.  If you are under 25, on a full-time course at Cardiff University and have childcare responsibilities you could be eligible for the scheme.

The Go Wales Team at Cardiff University can help source work shadowing opportunities, work tasters and up to six weeks paid work placements. For further details contact

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