St Andrews is committed to providing support for students with families in order to make sure parents are confident about joining us.
The University of St Andrews Nursery is a purpose-built nursery which offers 44 full and part-time places for the children of students, staff and local residents. Students and staff get a 10% reduction in fees.
The nursery cares for children from birth to five years old, Monday to Friday, and caters breakfast, lunch and dinner. Find out more about the University of St Andrews Nursery.
In addition to this, there are a number of other nurseries in St Andrews and around Fife - some of these offer discounts to students.
Children between the ages of 5 and 18 may attend school in Scotland. If you are an international student and you have children between the ages of 5 and 18, they may attend primary and secondary school free of charge, provided they have gained entry clearance as your dependant.
There are also some free part-time preschool education places available for 3 to 5 year olds. These places are available to all students. More information about these places can be found from the Fife Childcare Information Service.
If you are a UK student, you may be eligible for childcare or discretionary funds. You should make sure that you are claiming any child tax credits for which you are eligible.
SAAS funded students who have registered childcare can apply for the Childcare Fund. This is a fund paid for by the UK government to assist undergraduate and most postgraduate students on taught programmes. To find out more about eligibility and how to apply for the Childcare Fund, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about help paying for childcare on the UK government’s website.
If your child is not a native speaker of English, support is available. The Bilingual Support Service of Fife Council Education Service collaborates with schools and parents to support pupils in Fife schools who are learning English as an additional language.
Help is also available within the school system for children with learning difficulties.