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Parent Support with Childcare costs

Hi. I am about to embark on a three year BSc Speech and Language Therapy. I previously studied twenty years ago and dropped out in year two. I have three primary school aged children and monthly school wrap around will be approx. £600. My husband earns above the £28k threshold for Parents Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant from SFe. Has anyone advice on any charitable organisations they applied to for funding to either support fees or childcare costs? Or any thoughts on other pots of money I could apply to other than NHS Learning Bursary (this might cover some of my fees first year) The costs have come as a shock to me and the ineligibility for childcare is a very real reason I may not be able to study.
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Original post by mammyrach12
Hi. I am about to embark on a three year BSc Speech and Language Therapy. I previously studied twenty years ago and dropped out in year two. I have three primary school aged children and monthly school wrap around will be approx. £600. My husband earns above the £28k threshold for Parents Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant from SFe. Has anyone advice on any charitable organisations they applied to for funding to either support fees or childcare costs? Or any thoughts on other pots of money I could apply to other than NHS Learning Bursary (this might cover some of my fees first year) The costs have come as a shock to me and the ineligibility for childcare is a very real reason I may not be able to study.

Hey,

I was in a similar situation. I don’t have any advice I’m afraid but the best way around it for us was for me to just attend uni part time. I obviously don’t know where you’re based, but I’m pretty sure Birmingham do speech and Language part time. I hope this helps a little x
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Original post by Ariel C
Hey,
I was in a similar situation. I don’t have any advice I’m afraid but the best way around it for us was for me to just attend uni part time. I obviously don’t know where you’re based, but I’m pretty sure Birmingham do speech and Language part time. I hope this helps a little x

Thanks for the reply. I am in North-East and have a conditional offer for Newcastle University. I did look into Apprenticeships with Sheffield but it wouldn't work for us either. Not sure part-time is possible. Firstly I am already 38yrs old and timing is crucial. Secondly I definitely wouldn't receive funding for a part-time course.,
Hi
Not sure if this helps but I’m a mature part-time student studying speech and language therapy & I have 3 kids. I get the maintenance loan and they add extra according to how many financial dependents you have. Same with nhs lsf. We used to get tax credits too but have recently been moved to Universal Credit. I would double check your eligibility for childcare grant and parents allowance as previously you just needed to be full time and eligible for student finance (which you will be). I found the uni student advice very helpful on you may have to phone sfe - it can be long wait times but once you get through they can usually resolve issues pretty quick.
I wasn’t eligible as part time but had a friends who were school parents and we helped each other out and my husband could juggle his work hours so we managed to reduce childcare costs that way.
On my course the full timers tend to do 3 set days and then 4 days when it’s placement but all courses are organised differently.
Hope you can work something out 🤞

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