Teenage Parents

The Teenage Pregnancy programme offers a range of initiatives and services to support parents to be and teenage parents.

  • Care To Learn
  • Raising the Participation Age (RPA)
    Temporary Break in Learning for Teenage Mums-To-Be and Young Parents
  • Young Expectant Parents
  • Moving On

Care to Learn

The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study.  You must be aged under 20 at the start of your course.

The scheme is available for publicly-funded courses in England. This includes courses in schools and 6th formsin schools and colleges.

You can get up to:

  • £160 per child per week if you live outside London
  • £175 per child per week if you live in London

Care to Learn can help with the cost of your childcare, including deposit and registration fees,

a childcare taster session for up to 5 days, keeping your childcare place over the summer holidays and taking your child to their childcare provider

Childcare payments go directly to your childcare provider. Before they can be paid your childcare provider needs to confirm your child’s attendance. Your school or college needs to confirm that you’re attending your course. Travel payments go direct to your school or college - they’ll either pay you or arrange travel for you.

Payments end when you stop attending your course, you reach the end of your course, your child stops attending childcare

Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

Temporary Break in Learning for Teenage Mums-To-Be and Young Parents

A change in the law means that young people must now stay in education or training longer, but expectant young mums have been given a break.

  • From September 2013, teenagers must stay in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17.
  • From summer 2015, they must be 18 years old before they can leave.

Learning can be staying on at school or attending college or learning with a training provider. Apprenticeships or traineeships are also an option.

Young mums-to-be, or those who have given birth, can take a “Temporary Break in Learning” which means that from 11 weeks before the birth, and up to one year afterwards, they will not have to continue learning although if they wish to they can – it is their choice.

Before the break begins, they or their support worker must contact the CfBT Careers Guidance Service on 01522 782116 to let them know and discuss the situation. The Careers Adviser or support worker will help the young mum to develop a plan for their return to some form of learning once the break is over.

Ante-natal YEP (Parents)

The antenatal YEP (Young Expectant Parents) is a course for pregnant teenage mums and dads to be.

YEP provides information, guidance and support to teenage parents to be in preparation for becoming a parent as well as providing an opportunity to meet other young parents.

The YEP course consists of 8 units:

  1. Pregnancy and parenthood
  2. Routine procedures in pregnancy
  3. Healthy lifestyle
  4. Roles and responsibilities of parenthood
  5. Money management
  6. Organisations that support young people
  7. Keeping mother and baby safe
  8. Stimulation and play

Ante-natal YEP (Professionals)

A YEP Train the Trainers course is available for staff from Children’s Services and partnership agencies (both statutory and voluntary) to enable them to deliver courses in their locality.

The Teenage Pregnancy Team will support with the delivery of the course by providing all learner packs and tutor notes.

Accreditation of the course by YPLP (Young People’s Learning Partnership) is being piloted at the moment. If you are not working in an area where accreditation is given learners will receive a Concepts certificate for completing the course.

Post-natal - Moving On (Parents)

Moving On is a post-natal course for teenage mums and dads.  This course is aimed at young parents who are looking to move on in their lives and to help them access opportunities in education, employment and training.

The Moving On course consists of 6 units

  1. The importance of personal development
  2. The roles and responsibilities of parenthood at home and work
  3. The importance of income generation
  4. Support for young parents
  5. Accessing education, employment and training
  6. Job application skills

The course will help teenage parents identify opportunities and they will be supported with the preparation of a CV (Curriculum Vitae) to help with applications to college or job vacancies.

Post-natal - Moving On (Professionals)

A Moving On Train the Trainer course is available for staff from Children’s Services and partnership agencies (both statutory and voluntary) to enable them to deliver courses in their locality.

The Teenage Pregnancy Team will support with the delivery of the course by providing all learner packs and tutor notes.

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Last updated: 5 November 2015

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