Finding the time for new things is never easy as a single parent. So if the idea of adding yet another thing to your schedule seems daunting, here are a few things that might help.
Taking time off work
You might be able to take time off work to train or study. This time off is usually unpaid, unless your employer offers to pay it.
To ask for time off work for training or study:
- You need to have been in your job for at least 26 weeks
- There must be at least 250 people working in the organisation
- You have to show how the learning will help you do your job better
Working fewer hours
You might be able to reduce or adjust your hours to fit around your learning. Find out more about flexible working.
If you’re on benefits, reducing your working hours might create problems and mean you get less support. Please talk to your work coach if you have one and talk to us for advice before you do this.
Getting help with childcare
One way of freeing up time to learn might be to increase your childcare. The government’s Learner Support and Care to Learn schemes include help with childcare costs, so this might give you more options. See our page on childcare to make sure you’re getting all the free childcare you can.