The Students' Union has been working to ensure that SOAS provides adequate childcare support for student parents.
We raised our concerns about the level of support currently available to parents studying at SOAS at the School's Student Experience Committee on 28 January. You can read the paper we submitted here.
At present, SOAS does not collect data on how many students have caring responsibilites for a child presenting a huge impediment to ensuring that adequate resources are put in place to support them. It is clear from the students that have spoke to us already that what the School currently has in place is inadequate.
Please take the opportunity to share your experiences of being a student parent in the form at the bottom of the page so that we can use these to make the case to SOAS to improve their childcare provision.
Student Parents & Child Care
Being a student parent is a very challenging experience, and we know that juggling studying and caring responsibilities can sometimes be difficult and daunting.
This page is designed to give you some useful information that can help you organize your life as a student parent and find the support you need when you need it!
We are also gonna be starting a Student Parents Peer Support Group for student parents to meet, share experiences and advice and also, very importantly, socialize! We will be sending out information at the beginning of term. If you are interested and would like to be involved, or have any suggestions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more general advice regarding childcare
Unfortunately, SOAS does not have a creche or a nursery of its own, even if we have campaigned to obtain one in the past.
SOAS students can however apply for nursery places within the University of London and in the local area. If you require nursery provision in other areas, you should ask for information from the local council. There is great competition for nursery places so put your name on the waiting list as early as possible!
If you feel like SOAS’ childcare provision is inadequate and should be reviewed, please get in touch with us as we are here to represent you and your needs.
Two years ago we have managed to secure a room that mothers can use to breast feed; it is on the 1st floor of the Russel Square Campus and you can get the access code from Peter Baran in room G7.
Here is SOAS' information regarding chilcare:
University of London Nursery Provision
Institute Of Education Nursery
59 Gordon Square, London WC1H ONT. Tel: 020 7612 609. Priority given to Institute of Education students but SOAS students considered if places are available. 20 places children aged 2-5. Details on the Institute of Education website Institute of Education website: www.ioe.ac.uk
University College London (UCL) Nursery
50-51Gordon Square. London WC1H ONT.
Tel: 020 7679 7461. 38 places for children aged 3 months to 5 years. Priority is given to students and staff of UCL, but other University of London students considered if places are available. Details on the UCLhttp://www.ucl.ac.uk website
London School Of Economics (LSE) Nursery
Sheffield Street, 8A Wild Street, London WC2B 5TB.
Tel: 020 7107 5966. 25 places for children aged 6 months to 5 years. Priority to students and staff of LSE.
Application details online at: www.lse.ac.uk/collections/nursery
Local Day Care Provision
Thomas Coram Nursery
49 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2NY. Tel: 020 7520 0385 Places for 106 children aged 6 months to 5 years. Must be Camden resident. Places are allocated to those living nearest to the Centre first. For more details see the website www.thomascoram.camden.sch.uk
Collingham Gardens Nursery
Henrietta Mews, off Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PH.
Tel: 020 7837 3423. Places for 20 children aged 2 to 5 years.
Must live or work in Camden.
Hampden Children’s Centre
80 Polygon Road, London NW1 1HQ. Tel: 020 7387 1822
69 places for children aged 4 months – 5 years. Also offers holiday provision for 3-7 year olds. Priority given to Camden residents, but service offered to non residents also.
Regent’s Park Nursery Centre
Augustus St, London NW1 3TJ. Contact by phone only.
Tel: 020-7387 2382. Camden resident or non resident welcome.
93 places for children aged 0 – 7 years.
2 intakes per year, September and January.
Camden Chinese Community Centre Nursery
9 Tavistock Place, London WC1 age range 2-5 years
Tel: 020 7388 8883
For further facilities in the local area of the Russell Square buildings, contact the London Borough of Camdenwww.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/education/childcare/nurseries
For further facilities in the local area of Vernon Square and the SOAS Halls contact the London Borough of Islington.
Childcare facilities and availability of places throughout the UK including all the London Boroughs at:
Part-time Early Education
All three and four-year-olds are entitled to a free part-time early education place. This means your child will be eligible for five two-and-a-half hour sessions of free early education a week for 38 weeks a year.
The part-time, free early education places are available at:
- school nursery classes
- state or private nursery schools
- day nurseries
- playgroups and pre-schools
- accredited childminders who are part of a quality assured network
SOAS Childcare Fund
The School has a small Childcare Fund to help full-time student parents, who are experiencing financial hardship, with the cost of childcare.
Who is eligible to apply?
- UK, EU and international students with dependant children
- Students who are not eligible for UK statutory childcare grants either from their Local Authority (through the Student Support system) or from the childcare element of Working Tax Credit.
- Priority will be given to lone parents
Students should meet both of the first two criteria.
How to apply?
Contact Student Services at email@example.com
Finding a Primary School for your kids
Finding a school for your kid, especially if you are new to the UK, can be a confusing business!
This British Council information sheet has detailed advice on finding a local state-funded school:
The direct.gov.uk website has also a good guide to local schools:
Direct.gov.uk also has a guide on additional student support available for undergraduates with children:
If you have questions or need help with the application process, email Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Family and Childcare Trust http://fct.ritdns.com/
Parental Rights http://salaw.com/our-services/family/divorce-solicitors/divorce-questions/
Baby proofing http://babypit.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-baby-proofing-everything/