The following recommendations should be considered to ensure that young parents are able to progress in education and employment.
1. As well as covering all parents under 19, guaranteed childcare payments should remain for young parents who start a course when they are 19 – particularly for those without a level 3 qualification, looking to improve on their current qualification level or have had their education disrupted due to pregnancy or becoming a parent.
2. Support should be looked at alongside Care to Learn proposals to ensure that information and advice regarding education is accessible to all young parents and those who are pregnant.
3. Education provision should be looked at alongside Care to Learn proposals, and findings from this consultation should be taken into account when providing flexible education to meet the individual needs of young parents and those who are pregnant.