Parents put off by childcare shortage;FE Focus

3rd September 1999 at 01:00
LACK of childcare is preventing students from taking up college places, a survey has revealed.

Three-quarters of colleges said they did not have enough places while more than half said it was a barrier to parents studying.

Nearly two-thirds said students were dropping out as a result.

The survey by the Daycare Trust, a national childcare charity, found that one in four FE colleges had no childcare facilities.

Collette Kelleher, director of the trust, said: "FE courses are often a stepping stone towards work for lone parents, and could lead to a job which would make coming off benefits worthwhile.

"We want to see free or subsidised childcare facilities in all FE colleges to make them accessible to parents."

The trust has a helpline for parents searching for childcare. It is 0845 100 9444.

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