I wondered if the University have considered utilising the nursery staff during Awards week to entertain young children attending the ceremonies?
The University is committed to supporting students with families. Presently many students utilise the nurseries on campus during awards week. There are still many students who bring their children with them to the awards ceremonies and we are happy to accommodate them. This year particularly saw an increase of young children in attendance at the awards.
The nurseries have to adhere to legal ratios therefore all University childcare staff are fully utilised within the nurseries and we would be unable to release them to provide facilities offsite. We would therefore have to employ additional part time staff in accordance with legal ratios in addition to hiring an additional marquee, toilets and other facilities for children. This additional expense, we believe, would be prohibitive to graduates particularly as we have never stopped graduates bring in babies or young children.
Facilities that are provided for children of this nature need to be legally registered (for which there is also a charge) and must adhere to OFSTED regulations so it is not as straightforward as it may initially seem. We will, however, look at this again if there is perceived to be a need and if it can be funded.