Your children

We can help single parent families on a range of topics regarding their children, including child maintenance, children getting older, one to one support and more.

Bringing up children on your own has ups and downs. It’s a lot of responsibility but it doesn’t mean that you have to be two parents rolled into one. Take a look at our children section on our ‘My life and me’ website.


Children and parent activities

Being a parent on your own can be lonely at times. Meeting others in a friendly and safe environment can help reduce our stress levels and alleviate feelings of isolation, loneliness and anxiety.


Child maintenance arrangements

Child maintenance is money towards your child’s everyday living costs from the parent they do not live with. This information is to help you decide what arrangement for child maintenance payments is best for you.


Child contact arrangements

When you are a single parent you will need to agree contact arrangements for your children with their other parent.


My child is turning 16

Your income from benefits, tax credits and child maintenance may reduce or come to an end soon after your child is 16 years old unless your child is in education or training when they are 16-19 years old.


Help to pay for childcare costs

You may get help to pay for registered childcare from the Scottish Government or included in the benefits you receive.


Free Early Learning and Childcare hours

In Scotland 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds can now get 1,140 hours per year of free Early Learning and Childcare funded by the Scottish Government.


Childcare options

Using childcare can help you juggle work, study, day to day tasks and down time. The right childcare provider will also help your child to learn, have fun and make new friends. The following information describes different types of childcare available and the help to pay for.


Book list

We’ve put together a list of books that may be helpful for single parents, their children and extended families.

News updates for single parents

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Our news updates reflect the work of One Parent Families Scotland and the issues affecting single parents today.

‘Do the right thing and double the Scottish Child Payment now’ civil society coalition tells First Minister


OPFS Statement: Free School Meals


Activities for kids when you’re social distancing


You’ve heard of rainy-day activities for kids – well, now many of us will be wracking our brains for “social distancing day” activities. To help make things a bit easier we’ve gathered some useful links with suggestions for home-based activities.