Support for Parents


The Student Welfare Service , based in the Charles Wilson Building, is there to help support you as a parent or expectant mother. This includes information on childcare.

About the Student Welfare Service  

You may also find useful some of the information given below for staff.


As a Department, we aim to ensure that our meetings are held within our core hours of 9:30am and 3:30pm, to allow as much flexibility as possible for parents with childcare responsibilities.

New and expectant mothers

The Health and Wellbeing and Work-life Balance websites draw together the Universities policies and procedures and advice. Safety Services have also produced a Guide for New and Expectant Mothers. (log-in required)

The University’s non-contractual Maternity Policy and Procedure provide information on rights and entitlements for staff wishing to take maternity leave. 

During maternity leave, the Department recognises the importance of keeping in touch to ensure a smooth transition back into the workplace after Maternity Leave. By prior agreement with you, we will make reasonable contact with you while on Maternity Leave. This will include notifying you of relevant training events or consulting with you regarding changes happening at work.

You are not obliged to undertake any work during your Maternity Leave. However, you can agree to do up to 10 days paid work or training (i.e. Keeping in Touch Days) during your Maternity Leave, where agreed in advance with your line manager. This does not affect your entitlement to Maternity Leave or Pay.

For full details of Keeping in Touch Days, refer to Section 9 of the Maternity Procedure

When you do return to work, your line manager will discuss with you workload planning, to agree how to best facilitate your return. A reduced teaching and administration workload is granted for the first year. We also consider any flexible working request you may wish to make, which we hope to support, in helping you to achieve an appropriate work-life balance.

Maternity Leave Workshops are offered regularly and provide an overview of maternity rights and the process for taking maternity leave. There are also opportunities for you to ask questions.

Room reserved for mothers wanting to express milk

The following room is reserved soley for mothers wanting to express milk or breast-feed their baby:

Attenborough Building - Room Att103A

The room is lockable from the inside via a deadbolt to provide privacy and this is reflected by the engaged/ vacant sign on the outside of the door. There is a fridge and a comfortable chair. Access is via your existing swipe card; please contact the Equalities Unit who will arrange for your card to be updated.

Paternity Leave

The Paternity Policy and Procedure applies to University employees who have a statutory right to Paternity Leave and Pay, including those in same sex relationships. The University will comply with the statutory principle that a member of staff will suffer no detriment as a consequence of requesting or taking paternity leave. Full details can be found in the Paternity Leave Policy and Paternity Leave Procedure.

This link also provides details of the new right for expectant fathers and partners to take time off to accompany a pregnant woman at antenatal appointments.

Parental leave

The University and Department of Computer Science are committed to promoting equality and diversity by providing a supportive environment for staff who wish to integrate their working life, including the development of a career, with family responsibilities.
Full details are to be found in the Parental Leave Policy and Parental Leave Procedure

Childcare Information

Link for: Information on childcare

The University of Leicester offers a Nursery which caters for children aged from six weeks to five years and is open to all University of Leicester staff and students.

Carer’s Conference and Training Fund

Conference hallIt has been identified by staff that attendance at external conferences and events and training can pose difficulties for those with caring responsibilities. With this in mind a fund has been identified to which those with caring responsibilities can apply for a small budget (£100 maximum) to fund, for example: additional childcare costs incurred by attending an external training event (which impacts their usual caring responsibilities); contribution to the additional cost of a partner/relative and child joining a member of staff at a conference to provide childcare support.

The funds aims are to:

  • Assist those unable to attend external training and conferences due to carer commitments which will require additional financial support.
  • Enable continued attendance at external training and conferences which may prove difficult with caring responsibilities.
  • Assist staff to sustain effective networking opportunities outside the university.
  • Support staff with caring responsibilities to continue interaction, networking and collaboration at a national and (where funds allow) an international level.

This initiative is open to all staff.  To make an application, please visit:

Childcare Voucher Scheme for staff

The University of Leicester offers a tax-free Childcare Voucher scheme which could save you up to £933 per year.

Childcare Vouchers are a government scheme that gives you a much needed cash boost if you pay for registered or approved childcare, for children up to 15 or 16 if they are disabled.  This includes childcare such as Holiday & School Clubs, Nurseries, Nannies or anything else that is registered and regulated by your regional governing body.

This is managed through an external provider, via the staff benefits portal which also offers exclusive discounts for University of Leicester staff.  To register for the scheme just visit the portal and click join now to start the process.

















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Dept of Informatics
University of Leicester
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