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.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today