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Getting back into education and work

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Once you’ve had your baby, you may feel that you’d like to return to learning.

If you live in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the following links may be useful:

Directory of services to support young parents back into education, training and employment

If you’re a young parent, this directory from Leicestershire County Council can signpost you to the right support.

Connexions- Leicester City

Connexions is the careers service for young people. They offer advice and guidance on finding a job, training course or apprenticeship in Leicester.

Visit the Connexions website.

Or visit Connexions at

Leicester Connexions Centre

2 Wellington Street

They are open Monday to Friday 9am -4.30pm, except on Friday when they close at 4pm.

Adult Learning and Skills- Rutland County Council

The Rutland Adult Learning and Skills Service (RALSS) provide opportunities for adults across the county of Rutland to improve their skills through a wide range of academic and vocational courses.

Working in partnership with Peterborough Regional College, RALSS offers apprenticeships and workplace learning qualifications in areas such as:

  • Support Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Early Years and Childcare
  • Health and Social Care
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service Catering and Hospitality
  • Accounts (AAT)
  • Information Communication Technology

For more information or details about courses, please, visit their website, call 01572 758 122 or email

The Great Project

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The Getting Ready for Employment and Training (GREAT) Project is a free service designed to give members of families who are not currently employed the support they need to find work or training opportunities.

The GREAT Project is a service run by a range of statutory, not-for-profit and private companies. This partnership approach means that they can offer a holistic, person-centred service, which is tailored to each family’s unique needs.

What You’ll Receive

As a participant on the project, you’ll have access to a variety of sessions that will help you on your way to achieve your career goals. You’ll work closely with your Employment Support Officer to create a plan that’s right for you and they will be your guide whilst you’re on the project. The tailored plan will be unique to any individual barriers you might face, including mental or physical health.

How They Do It

The GREAT Project provides individuals with a variety of interactive sessions and workshops that focus on different skills needed for the working environment. Participants can also make use of the free childcare available at some of these sessions.

There’s a variety of industry tours and work placement opportunities available, which are ideal for participants to get an inside look into differing industries. Participants can also be offered work placements, which often lead to an interview. Ultimately, by building people’s skills and confidence, you can get to a point where you feel ready to find work or training.

For more information, visit their website or call 0116 257 5020.

Little Lullaby

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The decision to get into or return to work after having a baby can be a difficult one. You may be battling with feelings of uncertainty as to whether becoming a working parent is right for your family, or be worried about finding suitable childcare and a working pattern that fits around your schedule.

For tips in regards to returning to work and your rights, visit the Little Lullaby website.

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

Page last reviewed: 22-03-2021

Next review due: 22-03-2024