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SPACE: Supporting Parents and Carers @ Cambridge



Emergency Back-up Childcare  

The University’s partner company for emergency back-up childcare for staff is Emergency Childcare, part of Bright Horizons, and replacing the University’s previous partnership with My Family Care.  

Please register on their website to access emergency nanniesnurserieschildminders and holiday club places. 


University Policies and Resources

Maternity and other family related leave policies 

Returning Carers 

Emergency leave for dependants 

Flexible working policy

Flexible working case studies

These flexible working case studies highlight how flexible working can be achieved within the University and the advantages of a healthy life-work balance. 

Family leave planning checklist for managers

Childcare Office


Covid Specific Resources 


SPACE Network  

The SPACE network is a social network where people who are parents or have other caring responsibilities have the opportunity to exchange experiences and help each other in an informal but confidential fashion.  

The aims of the SPACE network are to: 

  • provide an informal point of information and points of contact 
  • meet others and share experiences, e.g. do's and don'ts and best practice 
  • have opportunities to engage with staff from different University support services to find out more about what they can offer

It’s open to all members of the University, please join here 

Further information is also available from the University's COVID 'Looking after dependants' Sharepoint site [ Raven login required ] 


Support and information for parents from external organisations: 

  • Family Lives offers a confidential and free* helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline). Offers emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life.   
  • The free FamilyLine service tackles family issues in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support family members over the age of 18 through telephone calls, email, web chat and text message.  
  • SupportLine provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. Has information and links to other sources of support targeted towards parents and carers 
  • Scope finding support and carers if you have a disabled child.