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    Hi everyone😊i guess there are plenty of us in the same situation or similar so any advice is greatly received... i am a single parent with two dependents age 12 and 6. Desperately wanting to start a degree but with no idea about times, hours, schedules etc, how can i plan in advance? I do not have a great support network for childcare so i really need to know. I thought lectures and things would be over by 5pm but iv been told by plenty of people that the timetables change weekly and some sessions dont finish til 6pm and some evening sessions. Any ideas please? Im wanting to do BMedSci Health and Human Sciences at Sheffield with a foundation year.
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    (Original post by Claire 77)
    Hi everyone😊i guess there are plenty of us in the same situation or similar so any advice is greatly received... i am a single parent with two dependents age 12 and 6. Desperately wanting to start a degree but with no idea about times, hours, schedules etc, how can i plan in advance? I do not have a great support network for childcare so i really need to know. I thought lectures and things would be over by 5pm but iv been told by plenty of people that the timetables change weekly and some sessions dont finish til 6pm and some evening sessions. Any ideas please? Im wanting to do BMedSci Health and Human Sciences at Sheffield with a foundation year.
    Looks like the university has its own childcare with decent hours for it https://su.sheffield.ac.uk/advice-su...rvices/nursery
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    im in a similar situation.
    My kids are 3 and 11. I do have my parents support but they are disabled so I don't like to ask and my partner works full time. my eldest is autistic so childcare outside of my parents and partner (kids dad)is a no no so I can't go to uni, so I'm doing the open university. I've no other option. thankfully my youngest will be in school full time by the time my workload increases.

    good luck with your studies
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    Ahh thanks...unfortunately the childcare they provide isnt for me, my little girl is 6 and goes to school. I was considering Open University too. I will be able to put my daughter in after school club but it finishes at 5:45pm and depending upon last lecture etc and travelling home, just dont know if i can manage it. Some people have told me to just miss lectures i cant do. Its not something i want to risk. Mustn’t give up though😬thanks and good luck with your studies too.
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    (Original post by Claire 77)
    Hi everyone😊i guess there are plenty of us in the same situation or similar so any advice is greatly received... i am a single parent with two dependents age 12 and 6. Desperately wanting to start a degree but with no idea about times, hours, schedules etc, how can i plan in advance? I do not have a great support network for childcare so i really need to know. I thought lectures and things would be over by 5pm but iv been told by plenty of people that the timetables change weekly and some sessions dont finish til 6pm and some evening sessions. Any ideas please? Im wanting to do BMedSci Health and Human Sciences at Sheffield with a foundation year.
    I would contact the course leaders ask them what the course is going to look like with workload etc, what flexibility there is and explain you have children. On the whole, on my course, I had understanding tutors, who would let me leave early as my childcare finishes at 6 pm. However, some tutors will not accept the fact you have kids as an excuse for not turning into a class or asking for a deadline to be extended. As for childcare ask at your daughter's school or other parents. In some schools, there are local after school clubs for older children. And, other parents are more likely to know where you can find child care.
 
 
 
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