Worth Talking About – if you think you may be pregnant, you can get confidential advice from the Worth Talking About helpline on 0300 123 2930
With regard to education, there exists a statutory obligation that you are still provided with the opportunity to learn as any other student of compulsory school age.
An Educational Welfare Officer will work with you, other agencies and family to find the solution that suits you best. If you are still living with your parents, then they have an obligation to ensure that you are able to attend the education provision offered to you.
services in the local area, know how to access them and have the opportunity to talk through the options available.
You may also be entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Maternity Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) through the job centre.
You must tell your employer that you are expecting a baby by the 15th week before the baby is due, but it may be beneficial to do so before that, so provision can be made for health and safety or other considerations.
Take a look at the Maternity Action website for more detailed information.
When returning to education, evidence suggest that it is most successful if you return in stages, and find childcare close to where you are studying or if you have trusted family that can help look after the baby while you attend your lessons. This should form part of your education planning and review process with professionals involved.
Funding is available through the “Care to Learn” scheme and you will need the support of the school and local authority support worker to complete the application form. Anyone under 20 years old can access the ‘Care to Learn’ grant. It provides a sum to meet childcare and transport costs to and from a childcare provider.
attend in person. Prices vary from about £180+ and take approximately 6 weeks to complete.
If a blood related family member is going to become Ofsted registered, so you can claim funding through the ‘Care to Learn’ scheme, they must have a minimum of two other children on their books to be accepted under the scheme.
For more information about Care to Learn, call 0800 121 8989.
Furthermore, allowances should be made for both parents to have the opportunity to attend appointments and support groups that will help in developing good parenting skills and ensuring the good health of the baby.
The main thing to remember is to keep communication open with your school/education provider or employer, support workers and family, if possible. They can support you in providing information, referring you to other organisations and help you access funding to make things easier for you and support you in becoming a parent.