University Childcare Office
The University’s Childcare Office is a means to provide extra support to student parents. The Childcare Webpages – www.childcare.admin.cam.ac.uk – provide information on the University’s childcare provisions, as well as information on family related issues including childcare, schooling, health care, financial support and local community resources. There is also an adviser available to answer queries relating to childcare and other family related questions you may have either by email, telephone or face to face.
You can also sign up for the Student Parent E Newsletter which keeps you up to date with any developments at the University, in Colleges or in Cambridge that are relevant to students with children. Parents often use the regular newsletters to advertise child related/children’s items for sale and family friendly events.
Their Information Service for University parents is a good place to begin to find out about childcare. It contains useful information on University and College provision for childcare, childcare in the Cambridge area, financial advice, information on health care and accommodation, and a guide to places to visit around Cambridge with your kids.
- Childcare Office
21 Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1QA
- 01223 332249
GU Parent and Toddler Coffee Morning
The Graduate Union runs a year-round weekly Parent and Toddler Coffee Morning each Friday morning 10.30-12.00 in the University Centre, Second Floor. Toys are available during these sessions and our Group Worker organises activities for the toddlers. The coffee mornings are a great opportunity for parents to meet other parents. For more details see the link above, or contact the GU Families’ Officer.
University Childcare Bursaries and College Schemes
The colleges contribute to the Central Childcare Bursary Scheme. EU and Overseas students at colleges participating in the scheme are entitled to apply for assistance from these funds. A list of participating colleges is available from the Childcare Office.
Even if your college is not a member of this scheme, it is likely to have other funds from which you may be entitled to receive a grant – contact your MCR president, graduate tutor or families officer to find out about your particular case.
Home students are able to apply to the University’s Childcare Hardship Fund. It is intended for students in exceptional, unforeseen financial difficulty and it offers limited financial assistance towards confirmed Ofsted-registered childcare costs.
The number of student parents at the University of Cambridge has grown in recent years, and there have also been improvements in the provision that the University and colleges make for students with children. The University now has Childcare Information Advisers who can provide information and advice for prospective student parents regarding childcare, schooling and facilities.
- Childcare Information Adviser
25 Trumpington Street
- 01223 332249
The University also operates a holiday play-scheme, for children who have started primary school (from reception class to 15 years old) throughout Cambridgeshire Local Authority school holidays (excluding Christmas and Bank Holidays). Our venue at St Mary’s Junior School is open for some additional holiday periods.
The University Childcare Office can provide contact details of the Designated Childcare College Contact, who may be able to provide guidance on the support their college can offer.
Cambridgeshire Childcare Information Service
For lists of childcare facilities outside of the University and colleges, including nurseries and childminders, see the Cambridgeshire Childcare Information Service. You can search in specific areas of Cambridgeshire for different types of childcare.
- 0845 0454014