Student Parents

If you are a parent and a student, we understand that there are different demands on your time, and combining study, parenting and perhaps even part-time work can feel like a balancing act.


Student Futures Support and Development can give you advice on how to juggle these different aspects to your life, and parents may find the following website resources useful too:

Kidsguide is an online guide to children’s events, kids’ clubs, sports, childcare, pre-school facilities, family support services and great family days out around Chester

The Single Parent Helpline run by Gingerbread offers advice and support for lone parent families. Freephone 0808 802 0925, open 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

Parentline Plus run by Family Lives is the confidential national telephone helpline for anyone in a parenting role including step-parents, grandparents, lone parents, adoptive parents and families going through change. Parentline provides emotional support and information on other sources of specialist help where requested. 0808 800 2222, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mumsnet is a website created by parents for parents. It provides information and support through discussion boards on a wide range of issues.


One of the first things to be aware of if you have children of school age is that school holidays and university holidays do not always fall at the same time of year, so you may need to be aware of the out-of-school care which is available in your area.

The University provides childcare facilities at both Chester and Warrington sites, offering full day and sessional places. They are also able to offer additional days/sessions when needed.

Childcare Facilities at the University

Chester: The University of Chester Nursery opened in 1991, and has an excellent reputation for high quality care and education of children aged three months to five years. The Full Day Care Nursery is situated in the Kingsway buildings, and has a dedicated team of highly trained staff. For more information on availability of places contact the Nursery on 01244 513295 or email

Warrington: The Full Day Care Nursery at our Warrington Campus opened in September 2006 and offers high quality care and education of children aged three months to five years. The Nursery is situated in its own grounds within the Warrington Campus, and has a dedicated team of highly trained staff.

To contact the Nursery directly please call 01925 534295.

Additional Information

Your local Families Information Service is a free information service for parents and carers of children aged 0 to 19. They can give information and advice to help you find and choose childcare, and also help you find activities for your children locally. Visit Childcare/DG_180946 for more information.