Learning for Young Mothers

A qualitative study of flexible provision

Dench S, Bellis A | Report 441 | Institute for Employment Studies | Jun 2007

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Care to Learn is a UK government initiative that provides financial support for teenage parents who want to continue in, or return to learning. It helps with the cost of their childcare and travel.

As part of the national evaluation of Care to Learn, this study looks at a range of different types of learning provision used by young mothers. This includes courses provided specifically for young mothers, as well as mainstream courses in FE colleges. Some courses cater for those who were still of statutory school age, others for young mothers aged over 16.

The report looks at how learning provision is developed and delivered, and issues around its set up and longer-term survival. It also explores the impact on young mothers and what it is about particular types of provision that suit these young women.