Ok, so maybe I wasn't the ONLY one kicking up a fuss about the Care to Learn consultation after all. Here's what others had to say:

"If it is true that 'teenage pregnancy remains a priority for the Coalition Government' then it is imperative that funding for Care to Learn is increased to ensure that all teenage parents - not just those under 19 - are given the support that they need to access education, training and employment.

The TUC therefore rejects all four proposals set out in this consultation document and strongly urges the government to reconsider its plans to cut funding for teenage parents.

Instead the TUC would urge the government to build upon the success of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy by ensuring that all schools - including free schools and academies - deliver high quality PSHE and SRE and by investing in schemes such as Care to Learn which enable young parents to gain qualifications and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and social exclusion"


Trades Union Congress (TUC) read here


"Platform 51 does not believe that any young parent should have to go without the support of Care to Learn.

The consultation document argues that raising the participation age may lead to rising demand which can not be met if the current system is not changed. Platform 51 agrees that in the current economic climate “it is important that resources are targeted as sharply as possible to those who really need support”. However, from Platform 51’s services, we have never seen any evidence to suggest that young parents who currently receive Care to Learn do not need it, or that this is a resource which is not already well targeted.

We would argue that, rather than a restriction in funding, an increase in demand must be met with an increase in funding to ensure all young parents are supported to participate."


Platform 51 read here


"Care to Learn has been incredibly successful in enabling young parents to access employment, education and training opportunities.

Changing the basis of such an effective programme runs the very strong risk of encouraging greater reliance on state support.

It is already very difficult to encourage young parents back into education, and this change is likely to make things worse. To be successful as an incentive, finding and paying for childcare has to be made as simple as possible, which is not the case with discretionary funding."

Daycare Trust chief executive Anand Shukla read here