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Completing your Education
When you have a baby, going to school or college can be very hard work and expensive.

But if you who succeed in finishing your education you will be in a better position to get work you like and to provide for yourself and your child.

The Government has some schemes to support  parents who are still in education or who wish to return to education. 

Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to some help.

For example, if you are still in secondary school you may be entitled to a  Home Tuition Grant for students on maternity related absences.  Under this Scheme you can get 90 hours of Home Tuition spread over 6 months according to your needs.  
If you want to return to education you may be entitled to a Back to Education Allowance.

If you need childcare, depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme.
If you are applying for a certain  Solas courses (formerly FAS) or certain courses run by the Education and Training Boards (formerly VECs) you may be entitled to the Childcare Employment and Training Supplement (CETS) Scheme.
Depending on the age of your child you may be entitled to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme. 

The conditions attached to these schemes tend to change from year to year.

To make sure you have the most up-to-date information speak to your TPSP project worker or phone an information officer at Treoir LoCall 1890 252084.

Strategy for Education and Skills 2016-2018
Download TPSP SUBMISSION.PDF (531 Kb, 08 June 2016)

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Being a parent and a student

School dropout levels down, but not in cities

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Teenagers should be given the facts on safe sex when they're in school

Married student's grant assessed on parents' pay

Grants scheme benefits from new era of clarity

Study links lack of education to parents

Secondary exam fee waivers soar by 50%

Migrants win concessions on third-level education fees

Guidelines for Schools
Schools have a responsibility to ensure that students who are pregnant or parenting complete their education. To support schools Guidelines for Best Practice were developed by the Limerick TPSP in conjunction with local schools.

Download GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS.PDF (1,379 Kb, 20 Sept 2013)

Other Support and Information
Application for Home Tuition for students on maternity related absences

City/County Childcare Committees