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.
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 financial support towards your child’s everyday living costs. This information helps single parents understand the options available to help you decide what arrangement for child maintenance payments is best for you. Please note that some of the information in this section has been updated and will be valid from 1st April.
Child contact arrangements
When you are a single parent, you may be making or adjusting the child contact arrangements for your children with your child’s 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. Please note that some of the information in this section has been updated and will be valid […]
Best Start Scotland
The Scottish Government has now replaced the Sure Start Maternity grant with Best Start Pregnancy and Baby grant.
Help to pay for childcare costs
You can get help from the government to pay for any type of ‘registered’ childcare.
Funded childcare hours
From August 2020, the number of funded hours of early learning and childcare will rise from 600 to 1140 a year (around 30 hours per week in term-time or 22 hours per week if you use it year-round).
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.
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Our news updates reflect the work of One Parent Families Scotland and the issues affecting single parents today.
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.
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