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Childcare and parenting


An on-site nursery at Mile End and family friendly policies are available to staff with children.

Onsite nursery

Staff with children aged three months to five years can use the Queen Mary Nursery conveniently located at the Mile End site at discounted rates.  Further details and an application form can be accessed in the following links:

Please see the above factsheet for a quick step by step guide to applying for the Nursery Salary Sacrifice scheme.

Help with childcare costs

Childcare Vouchers
The Childcare Vouchers scheme has now closed to all new applicants. It is no longer possible for Queen Mary staff to opt into the scheme. Staff already taking advantage of the scheme as of 12 September 2018 will not be affected and can continue to use their vouchers as normal.

Government Assisted Tax-free childcare
The government has launched an alternative tax-free scheme to assist with childcare costs. Further details and an application form can be accessed in the following link: 

Maternity, Paternity, Shared, Adoption and Other Family Leave

The University has a comprehensive set of policies and procedures for staff wishing to take Maternity, Paternity, Adoption or Shared Parental Leave. For more information, click here

Fertility investigations or fertility treatment 

The University recognises the physical and emotional stresses of undergoing fertility testing and treatment and wishes to support those staff who are going through the process. The University‚Äôs new Fertility Treatment Policy is intended to assist eligible staff members in the logistical and emotional aspects of undergoing treatment. Further details can be found in the guidelines Queen Mary Fertility Treatment Guidelines [PDF 377KB]. If you have any queries regarding these guidelines, you are advised to contact the HR Adviser for your Faculty or department. Contact details can be found here

Advice and support

Staff are able to access the Workplace Options (WPO), formerly Employee Advisory Resource for practical tips for parenting children of every age. Whether you are bringing home a new baby or negotiating the teenage years, the programme can provide counselling and support. It is a confidential service that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

For further information, please call the service on: 0800 243 458

Useful links

Babies & Pregnancy - Baby & Pregnancy Advice for Mums to be - Prenatal & Postnatal Guidance on Health, Baby Care & More - Pregnancy, birth and baby advice for dads 


Childcare Choices - All about Government help with childcare costs, including 15 to 30 hours free childcare, Tax-Free Childcare, tax credits, Universal Credit, vouchers and support.
PACEY - The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years. 
Family and Childcare Trust - National charity for childcare and family issues - Parenting, childcare and children's services - UK Childcare & Nanny Agencies and Jobs

Parenting Advice

Positive - Positive parenting - Parenting and Family Support - Pregnancy, Birth, Babies, Parenting - Supernanny Parenting Advice 

Health and Safety - Play Safety
Dr Miriam Stoppard - UK's best selling family expert - Aiming to improve children's health by informing and inspiring their carers - From the American Academy of Pediatrics - The Web's most visited site about children's health - Children's Health - Parenting, Pregnancy & Fertility - Children's Health and Safety Association
THINK! - UK Government road safety advice

Bullying - From BullyingUK, charity dedicated to providing advice and support on school bullying - Free, private and confidential support service - Cyberbullying Research Center
Megan Meier Foundation - Bullying and Cyberbully Prevention
NSPCC - Bullying and cyberbullying advice - Help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community - Videos from from charity Bullying UK


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