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    I am starting Access to HE Science Pathway this September, have 2 children aged 5 & 6 and giving up my career of 10 years to do this. Scary stuff! But so excited at the same time!
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    (Original post by Ema_lou8)
    I am starting Access to HE Science Pathway this September, have 2 children aged 5 & 6 and giving up my career of 10 years to do this. Scary stuff! But so excited at the same time!
    Good luck. I am also giving up my career (military) to study, but haven't even applied yet. I just know if I stay I will keep putting it off and off.


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    (Original post by Ema_lou8)
    I am starting Access to HE Science Pathway this September, have 2 children aged 5 & 6 and giving up my career of 10 years to do this. Scary stuff! But so excited at the same time!
    All the best. Scary but exiting! Hope all goes well.
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    Hi I am a 35 year old mom of four going to study social work at coventry university. Stressing about fitting everything in and making sure I'm there for hubby and kids but where there is a will there's a way lol.
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    Yeah me too and my 16 year old will (hopefully) be starting uni whilst I'm in my final year which will be weird lol
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    (Original post by Bikeric)
    Contact your course department for a timetable. I contacted the head of the computer department and asked if a timetable was ready for me to sort out childcare and have a draft timetable (a module may get moved) so now I can sort out child care.
    I've done this as well. I've got a timetable to help me figure out picks up/drop offs at school etc. We aren't eligible for childcare grant either so its helped knowing when exactly I might need nursery.
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    (Original post by MedicineDream1)
    I'm 33 with a 1 year old. Applying for medicine.


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    All the best MedicineDream1. I had a class mate back in undergrad with two small boys (a baby less than age 1 and a 2 year old). He was very determined to get in, and he did. I wish you all the best, it was my dream to study Medicine once upon a time.
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    (Original post by pinkfrangipani)
    I've done this as well. I've got a timetable to help me figure out picks up/drop offs at school etc. We aren't eligible for childcare grant either so its helped knowing when exactly I might need nursery.
    Yeah was really helpful. as I have a 6 and 8 year old and it meant that the kids will only need after school club for 3 days a week and not breakfast club too. Luckily can apply for ccg or tax credits but ccg pays little more have you looked into tax credits for childcare? Or childcare vouchers through work.
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    (Original post by Bikeric)
    Yeah was really helpful. as I have a 6 and 8 year old and it meant that the kids will only need after school club for 3 days a week and not breakfast club too. Luckily can apply for ccg or tax credits but ccg pays little more have you looked into tax credits for childcare? Or childcare vouchers through work.
    My other half is telling work about implementing childcare vouchers that will ease the pain a bit! I didn't think we'd be eligible for childcare tax credits because I'm not working and we don't meet the combined income. I might give HMRC a call though and work out if there are any options.
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    (Original post by pinkfrangipani)
    My other half is telling work about implementing childcare vouchers that will ease the pain a bit! I didn't think we'd be eligible for childcare tax credits because I'm not working and we don't meet the combined income. I might give HMRC a call though and work out if there are any options.
    All depends on income. but I dont work or claim (happy house husband) my wife is in full time employment. I believe that there is help for us students with kids/married or with long term partners financially I would also talk with uni. When I was doing part time at uni (studying it certificate) I was offered £500 had to fill in some forms. send id blar blar blar but it helped think it was an access to learning fund. So worth some research I know everyone's circumstances are different.
    Good luck.
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    (Original post by samjones2be)
    Hi Jolene1986

    I am also a mum. Im 26 with a 7yr old and a 2yr old im going to uni in sept to do Law and Criminology in Swansea

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    I'm 35 with a 7 & 2 year old and going into my second year of Criminology this Sept. I was very nervous before I started the course but once we started discovered there were other students on the course like me as well which made things a little easier.
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    (Original post by Ema_lou8)
    I am starting Access to HE Science Pathway this September, have 2 children aged 5 & 6 and giving up my career of 10 years to do this. Scary stuff! But so excited at the same time!
    That was me pretty much last year although my children are older (18, 16, 14 & 13 when I started) and I'd opted to take redundancy from a career I'd built up over 20 years.

    By the time the induction day came I don't think I'd ever been so scared in my life! I also remember sitting in my first Physics lesson wondering what I had done, giving up a career to come back to college. Now I've come out the other end it is most definitely the best decision. That I have ever made. It was a lot of hard work but I enjoyed every minute of it. I also made some great friends and it's fair to say we all helped each other through when we each had a wobble. Now I'm excited to be starting Uni in a few weeks knowing that the Access Course has prepared me well for what lies ahead. Good luck I'm sure you'll enjoy it.


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    (Original post by pinkfrangipani)
    My other half is telling work about implementing childcare vouchers that will ease the pain a bit! I didn't think we'd be eligible for childcare tax credits because I'm not working and we don't meet the combined income. I might give HMRC a call though and work out if there are any options.
    I know that there is a parental learning fund which is worth upto about £1500 per year, check out the student finance pages on the government web site for details. It may not seem like that much for childcare but ig all helps.
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    Im glad the inadequacy and guilt are shared feelings. I know in the long run it will be well worth the work and further financial stress but the thought of another 3 years of hardly any sleep, deadlines and money struggles is scary !!:eek:
    I am however looking forward to new people and challenges and believe I will really enjoy Speech and Language therapy when I qualify
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    Hello, I'm starting at Brighton in Sept, about to turn 34 and have a daughter who is 5 in a couple of days time. Over the last few months it has felt as though the starts aligned and pointed me in this direction, so I decided to follow it. I've been wanting to study for a few years but told myself I'd be better off trying to work.

    I'm a single parent and I've been working since my daughter was a baby, my partner broke my heart and left us when she was a few weeks old. She was in full-time childcare at a year old (8am-6pm) and I have to work weekends and evenings as well as days because of the nature of my contracts, I work as a freelancer. I also often work two or more contracts at once because I can't afford to turn anything down in case its a while before my next contract turns up so my poor daughter has really suffered over the years, even having to stay with my mom for weeks on end while I work particularly hard jobs. I've tried looking for jobs with better hours, but there is so little suitable for single parents, especially with limited qualifications (although I have excellent A-Levels). David Cameron has decided we're scum of the earth and is determined to make sure we stay that way. I could go on, but I shall refrain! Over doing the work has caused me health problems and worse than a parent who works all the time, I think is one who is so poorly that they can't do anything with their child and she is worrying about them.

    So for us, going to university is going to be the most beneficial thing I can do for us both. I have three years where I don't have to worry about constantly finding work, I can still work part-time on less demanding projects, I will have holidays to devote to her and shan't be quite so exhausted plus I can repair my self-esteem as I feel pretty rubbish as a mother right now. There is a lot of things to work out still but I know at the end of it, I will finally be qualified to get a decent job, have a better CV and be able to provide a better life for my daughter. And that's what its really about.

    My daughter starts big school in September (I deferred her a year) and she is excited that we are both going to big schools at the same time, although she is a little concerned that hers is for the next 13 years whereas mine is only for 3!! I took her to the uni open day so the tutors could meet her, which I think helps them to understand me better and she had a blast of a time, says she'd like to go there too one day, haha! They also gave me a rough idea of my schedule (3 days a week) so I can start to think about childcare.

    My biggest worry though is finding somewhere to live. We're moving from London and with limited finances. I don't have to be at uni until 29th Sept but she needs to be enrolled and starting in a school in a couple of weeks and I can't do that until I have an address. I'm still trying to scrape together rent, deposit and fees and find somewhere we can afford, long before I'll see any money from a student loan, its causing a few sleepless nights!

    (Original post by pinkfrangipani)
    My other half is telling work about implementing childcare vouchers that will ease the pain a bit! I didn't think we'd be eligible for childcare tax credits because I'm not working and we don't meet the combined income. I might give HMRC a call though and work out if there are any options.
    Can't your OH claim WTC on his own? Its such a confusing system I know but I thought one or both could claim as appropriate including the child care element.
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    (Original post by MollyApple)
    Hello, I'm starting at Brighton in Sept, about to turn 34 and have a daughter who is 5 in a couple of days time. Over the last few months it has felt as though the starts aligned and pointed me in this direction, so I decided to follow it. I've been wanting to study for a few years but told myself I'd be better off trying to work.

    I'm a single parent and I've been working since my daughter was a baby, my partner broke my heart and left us when she was a few weeks old. She was in full-time childcare at a year old (8am-6pm) and I have to work weekends and evenings as well as days because of the nature of my contracts, I work as a freelancer. I also often work two or more contracts at once because I can't afford to turn anything down in case its a while before my next contract turns up so my poor daughter has really suffered over the years, even having to stay with my mom for weeks on end while I work particularly hard jobs. I've tried looking for jobs with better hours, but there is so little suitable for single parents, especially with limited qualifications (although I have excellent A-Levels). David Cameron has decided we're scum of the earth and is determined to make sure we stay that way. I could go on, but I shall refrain! Over doing the work has caused me health problems and worse than a parent who works all the time, I think is one who is so poorly that they can't do anything with their child and she is worrying about them.

    So for us, going to university is going to be the most beneficial thing I can do for us both. I have three years where I don't have to worry about constantly finding work, I can still work part-time on less demanding projects, I will have holidays to devote to her and shan't be quite so exhausted plus I can repair my self-esteem as I feel pretty rubbish as a mother right now. There is a lot of things to work out still but I know at the end of it, I will finally be qualified to get a decent job, have a better CV and be able to provide a better life for my daughter. And that's what its really about.

    My daughter starts big school in September (I deferred her a year) and she is excited that we are both going to big schools at the same time, although she is a little concerned that hers is for the next 13 years whereas mine is only for 3!! I took her to the uni open day so the tutors could meet her, which I think helps them to understand me better and she had a blast of a time, says she'd like to go there too one day, haha! They also gave me a rough idea of my schedule (3 days a week) so I can start to think about childcare.

    My biggest worry though is finding somewhere to live. We're moving from London and with limited finances. I don't have to be at uni until 29th Sept but she needs to be enrolled and starting in a school in a couple of weeks and I can't do that until I have an address. I'm still trying to scrape together rent, deposit and fees and find somewhere we can afford, long before I'll see any money from a student loan, its causing a few sleepless nights!



    Can't your OH claim WTC on his own? Its such a confusing system I know but I thought one or both could claim as appropriate including the child care element.
    If you get working tax or child tax then you can claim the childcare vouchers/element from student finance england or from wtc regardless of if your a single parent or not. If your not claiming wt/ct then I would claim childcare from student finance as you get a bit more of an allowance.
    My own situation is my wife works full-time I'm a house husband we get wt and ct I (student finance pending) start uni in September 2 children aged 6 & 8 and they will be in after school club. Looking into child care financial support we choose to do it through students finance as a Full-time higher education students with children can apply for a Childcare Grant In 2014 to 2015 you can apply for:
    up to £150.23 a week for 1 child
    up to £257.55 a week for 2 or more children

    Hope that helps
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    (Original post by MollyApple)
    Hello, I'm starting at Brighton in Sept, about to turn 34 and have a daughter who is 5 in a couple of days time. Over the last few months it has felt as though the starts aligned and pointed me in this direction, so I decided to follow it. I've been wanting to study for a few years but told myself I'd be better off trying to work.

    I'm a single parent and I've been working since my daughter was a baby, my partner broke my heart and left us when she was a few weeks old. She was in full-time childcare at a year old (8am-6pm) and I have to work weekends and evenings as well as days because of the nature of my contracts, I work as a freelancer. I also often work two or more contracts at once because I can't afford to turn anything down in case its a while before my next contract turns up so my poor daughter has really suffered over the years, even having to stay with my mom for weeks on end while I work particularly hard jobs. I've tried looking for jobs with better hours, but there is so little suitable for single parents, especially with limited qualifications (although I have excellent A-Levels). David Cameron has decided we're scum of the earth and is determined to make sure we stay that way. I could go on, but I shall refrain! Over doing the work has caused me health problems and worse than a parent who works all the time, I think is one who is so poorly that they can't do anything with their child and she is worrying about them.

    So for us, going to university is going to be the most beneficial thing I can do for us both. I have three years where I don't have to worry about constantly finding work, I can still work part-time on less demanding projects, I will have holidays to devote to her and shan't be quite so exhausted plus I can repair my self-esteem as I feel pretty rubbish as a mother right now. There is a lot of things to work out still but I know at the end of it, I will finally be qualified to get a decent job, have a better CV and be able to provide a better life for my daughter. And that's what its really about.

    My daughter starts big school in September (I deferred her a year) and she is excited that we are both going to big schools at the same time, although she is a little concerned that hers is for the next 13 years whereas mine is only for 3!! I took her to the uni open day so the tutors could meet her, which I think helps them to understand me better and she had a blast of a time, says she'd like to go there too one day, haha! They also gave me a rough idea of my schedule (3 days a week) so I can start to think about childcare.

    My biggest worry though is finding somewhere to live. We're moving from London and with limited finances. I don't have to be at uni until 29th Sept but she needs to be enrolled and starting in a school in a couple of weeks and I can't do that until I have an address. I'm still trying to scrape together rent, deposit and fees and find somewhere we can afford, long before I'll see any money from a student loan, its causing a few sleepless nights!



    Can't your OH claim WTC on his own? Its such a confusing system I know but I thought one or both could claim as appropriate including the child care element.
    You are a star!! I am impressed how you could change everything and work hard towards your success. You deserve everything the best
    I am mother for 2 boys, as probably you know first or second page of this thread. My older son has delay psycho-motion which improved over years, thanks to GPs, psychologists, behavior specialist and doctors that names of profession I cannot even spell properly. A lot of them. I could do something once he gone to school because of support that I received and I found out that I was pregnant. Even found a job but had to say :sorry I can't work I have a baby in my tummy. So again years of being just mum. I decided to go to school as I had enough of the feeling that life is somewhere there outside my door but couldn't get a job to cover childcare costs without proper education. I gone to school did AAT, GCSE and A level and in this year I start QMUL. And I am 31. I will move to London. Women are really strong and they can do everything so don't even dare tell me ( not you just whoever will dare ) that we are weakest part of our husbands or partners as they running away when they see a problem or can't see resolution of bigger problems. Well done!!
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    Im 25 and have 9 year old step-daughter and a 2 year old little boy. I am going back to Moulton College in Sep to do Bsc (Hons) Applied Animal Studies. I started at 18 but left after 6 months due to personal reasons so looking forard to going back and accomplishing something.

    I am a little worried though about keeping up with the workload and deadlines while juggling a family and planning a wedding at the same time!! It also worries me a little as to where i will fit in being classed as a mature student but only being 25 although i wont be able to go out partying and soialising as much as the others.

    Is anyone else doing applied animal studies at Moulton college?
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    hi everyone.i am 36 applying for Tourism management as i have been working all my life on cruise liners.time for me to step forward.i am also single mother of a 6 yo baby girl.questions :if renting a studio as student will ill be allowed to bring my child in?would be my child charched for sharing the room with me ?Will i be able to be full time student and work part time also taking care of my kid?we are moving from other ue country so any advice will be very appreciated.thank you
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    (Original post by simona77)
    hi everyone.i am 36 applying for Tourism management as i have been working all my life on cruise liners.time for me to step forward.i am also single mother of a 6 yo baby girl.questions :if renting a studio as student will ill be allowed to bring my child in?would be my child charched for sharing the room with me ?Will i be able to be full time student and work part time also taking care of my kid?we are moving from other ue country so any advice will be very appreciated.thank you
    Some universities have family accommodation. Check out University of Surrey - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/accommodatio...lats/index.htm - (which is excellent for hospitality & tourism) and has family houses/flats.
 
 
 
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