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As a mature learner with a child over the age of 5 I’m faced with having to miss lectures during half term weeks as the semesters do not match the school terms - a little scholars should be adapted to cater for older children during these weeks.


Provide child care for children over the age of 5 during school holidays

This Idea for Change opened on 24 Oct 2018 and closed on 07 Nov 2018.

18 students voted on this Idea, giving a score of +15.

This Idea for Change has passed to the Academic Officer:

  • 08 May 2019: The Academic Officer is contacting the relevant departments in the University to open lines of communication and discuss how we can best support this student need. We hope to provide further updates by 29 May 2019.
  • 10 Aug 2019: This Student Idea has expired as it did not meet the roll-over threshold for being worked on during the next academic year. This Idea had scored less than 30, and has not passed to the next academic year. #wolveschange


Daniel Waller
10:55am on 14 Nov 18 There are companies around that offer sports camps or childcare during half term weeks
Adam Southall
12:14pm on 7 Nov 18 This Idea for Change has closed, but comments are still open for discussion on the progress of this Idea.
Marie Dodd
10:57am on 25 Oct 18 This is true, we're a University that prides itself on being inclusive, but catering to learners with children (particularly older children) is an issue. I've had so many difficulties trying to find someone to look after my child during these weeks - the lecturers are very accommodating and understanding when I haven't been able to make it in, but I do think that having a break at the same time as colleges and schools makes the University more open and inclusive of the parental learners.
Donna Nzuki
10:37am on 24 Oct 18 I'm torn with this, I am a parent of two school age children, and yes its difficult during school holidays, but you are aware of the situation when you start university. Although I think the university timetabling could make life easier for parents, perhaps by aligning Christmas and Easter breaks with school holidays as well as career week with February half term?