Support for Parents
Support for Parents & Carers
As your student takes on adult responsibilities, your role will change, but your student still needs you. Students need you to support their growth, development, and independence, and to be a stable force in their ever-changing world. On occasion, they even need your advice—but they may or may not ask for it.
Learning to navigate this challenging time can be difficult, rewarding, scary, and even humorous for you, and for your student. Below you will find advice and additional resources to help you throughout your student’s educational journey. Find out the range of ways we are supporting your student here.
As part of our support programme for parents we will look to send you information on how your son / daughter is getting on at college, for example, via termly progress reports. To do this we need your most up-to-date contact details which can be provided via this short form which will only take a few minutes to complete our contact form. Click the button below to access the contact form.
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Our Tips for Supporting your Student
If you need help with the cost of childcare while you’re at college, you may be eligible for help from the Learner Support Fund.
Awards will be granted to you if you’re found eligible. This is based on your income and your use of registered childcare providers.
If you’re a Trafford resident, you can also register for a free place at any nursery school or class in the borough for your child for the year prior to their entry to school.
Find out more here:
- Stockport www.stockport.gov.uk/services/education/
- Manchester www.manchester.gov.uk/info
- Tameside www.tameside.gov.uk/surestart
- Cheshire East www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/children_and_families
- Trafford www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families
- Derbyshire www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education
For further information about childcare provision and funding, contact the Student Finance Team.
Tel: 0161 952 4694
If you’re a young parent, you may be eligible for help with childcare costs of up to £160 per child per week. Please contact the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989 for further information and an application pack.
Childcare Expenses, including travel expenses to and from a childcare provider for young parents aged 16-18, can also be accessed through the national Care2Learn scheme.
- Child Abuse: Tackle Child Abuse (https://tacklechildabuse.campaign.gov.uk)
- Online Safety: Child Exploitation and Online Protection (www.ceop.police.uk) & Think you know – parents (http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html)
- Mental Health: YOUNGMINDS parents helpline (www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents), Kooth (www.kooth.co.uk) & Young Minds: Your Guide to CAMHS (https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/guide-to-camhs)
- Domestic Violence: Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk/links-and-useful-numbers) & Shelter (http://www.shelter.org.uk)
- Child Sexual Exploitation (and sexual assault): Talk To Frank: Worried about a child (https://www.talktofrank.com/worried-about-a-child)
- Self-harm: University of Oxford (www.psych.ox.ac.uk)
- Helping young people cope with exam stress: National Health Service (www.nhs.uk/Examstress)
- Preventing Radicalisation: Let’s Talk About It (http://www.ltai.info), NSPCC: Parents worried about radicalisation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOis5CFU8vs) & Report Terrorism / Extremism concerns
- Drugs: Talk to Frank (www.talktofrank.com)
- General Advice: Learn 2 Live (https://learn-2-live.org.uk) & Childline (https://www.childline.org.uk) NHS Health Advice 111 Service
- Suicide: Samaritans (https://www.samaritans.org) & Papyrus (https://www.papyrus-uk.org)
Further advice and Guidance – Government Publications