Useful Contacts Directory
This section lists contact details of organisations and information sources that might be useful to students with children.
The Cambridge area code is 01223. You do not need to dial this if calling from the Cambridge area — just dial the 6 digit personal phone number. If you are calling from outside the UK, add 44 to the start of the number and take away the 0 of the area code. For example, to contact the University's Childcare Information Service from outside the UK, dial 44 1223 332249.
University network numbers (free from a network phone inside the University) are written with the first number in brackets e.g. (3)3xxxx, (7)4xxxx, (7)6xxxx. If you are calling from a Cambridge University network phone you only need to dial the last 5 digits of the number listed. If calling from a phone that is not networked, you need to include the digit in brackets when dialling.
University Contacts (A–Z)
Access to Learning Funds (formerly Hardship Funds)
For details on how to apply to the Access to Learning Fund, which is for Home students, see your College Tutor or tutorial office, or consult the above website.
For information/help with finding accommodation.
The Cambridge University's Student Advice Service offers free, confidential and independent support to all Cambridge University students.
Holiday playscheme for school-age children, run by the University and ARU. Subsidised places available to students.
Bursaries to help EU and Overseas students with childcare costs.
For information on anything relating to childcare, including financial help and local authority provision.
The University has its own counselling service for all students in the University. Completely confidential.
Information, support, advice and representation on any matter — open to all Cambridge students.
University Dental Service
Information, support, advice and representation on any matter for all graduate, mature and 4th year students.
Help and advice for students from overseas, including help with visas and working in the UK.
Joint Committee on Childcare for Students
This is a joint committee of the University and Colleges. It provides advice to the University and Colleges on matters relating to childcare for students, contributes to the formulation and development of policy, raises funds for student childcare facilities and support, and administers funds allocated for these purposes.
- Secretary, Joint Committee on Childcare for Students,
- 21 Trumpington Street,
- Cambridge, CB2 1QA
For anyone who is in Cambridge from abroad doing a post-doc, sabbatical year etc., who is not an official student of the University. They run a variety of activities during term-time including things for partners and children, such as a coffee morning at the University Centre.
Organises student volunteers for various projects including big siblings and English tutoring.
Social centre for students. Also hosts the Graduate Union's Parent and Toddler group from 10.00am–12.30pm every Friday in and out of term time.
University Nursery with places ring-fenced for University students.
Cambridge City Contacts
- Cambridgeshire Libraries
- For details on local branches, free story and rhyming sessions and Bookstart, a programme offering free book packs for children.
- Children with Special Educational Needs
- For details of extra help available.
- School Admissions
- For information on local schools, term dates, enrolment and registration.
- Housing Services
- Information and advice on renting locally as well as Housing and Council Tax benefits
- Children and Young People's Participation Service (ChYpPS)
- Offers a range of services to ensure all children have access to play provision, which includes organising free activities across the city over school holiday periods.
- Local sports
- Sports facilities and classes in the area.
Local Childcare and Family Resources
Recycle and pick up free items, including things for children.
Search engine for details of playgroups, toy libraries and other clubs and facilities in the area.
Classified adverts including babysitting and items for sale.
A network of parents/carers who are home educating their children rather than sending them to school. They hold regular meetings, organise activities for parents and children and send out newsletters to members.
Provides information and support on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and early years parenting. This local branch organises events and social activities.
Details of all the local SureStart Children's Centre's in the area, offering support, groups and often childcare facilities for families with children aged 0-5 years.
Providing free training, education and support to women. Has an on-site creche.
The best resource for registered childcare options in Cambridgeshire.
For parents who need help, friendship, advice or support during those early years when children are young.
Local Finance and Benefits Assistance
- 75 Chesterton Road
Chesterton, CB4 3BQ
- 0845 604 3719
For information and advice on anything from housing to consumer rights to employment.
Childcare, Schools and Parenting Services
Web-based service offering childcare information for parents, including the opportunity to place adverts for child carers.
Range of information aimed at father and fathers-to-be.
National childcare charity. The website contains excellent childcare information.
An option if your regular childcare is unavailable or for care on a one-off or temporary basis.
Supports and campaigns on behalf of lone parent families.
Provides information and support on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and early years parenting.
This provides information for parents, registered childminders and local authority workers about childminding and how to become a childminder.
As above, this provides information on day nurseries, not vacancies.
The Government's Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. Responsible for inspecting schools and childcare facilities.
Detailed information on stages of schooling, education and child development.
Doctors and dental surgery listings
See NHS Choices.
Government scheme to encourage healthy eating.
For non-emergency health advice and information.
NHS guide to having a baby.
National Finance and Benefits Assistance
Responsible for education and children's services.
Government website with information on public services, job vacancies in the local area and applying for benefits.
Overseas child benefit, tax credits, National Insurance and tax payments.
Daycare Trust site which helps parents work out benefits and financial help they might be entitled to. Includes a section specifically for student parents.
Useful benefits and tax credits free online calculator.
For immigration enquiries.
For advice on parental rights and sex discrimination.