Parents Support Hub

DkIT’s aim is to create a holistic, flexible working environment that supports staff/students and their families, promotes wellbeing, maintains good working/learning practices and provides a productive balance between work/study and life outside work/study.

Parents Support Hub

DkIT’s aim is to create a holistic, flexible working environment that:

  • supports staff/students and their families
  • promotes wellbeing
  • maintains good working/learning practices
  • provides a productive balance between work/study and life outside work/study

Pregnant Student Guidelines

DkIT will ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that the institute supports and accommodates any pregnant student to allow them complete their programme of study while maintaining academic standards.

Responsibility

Whilst the Institute respects the Student’s right to confidentiality, the Student is responsible for notifying the Course Leader or Head of Department of their pregnancy.
Once notified, it is the responsibility of each Department to ensure that no aspect of the course work, environment or activities affect the health and safety of the Student and/or Baby.

Risk Assessment

On receipt of the pregnancy notification, the Department will inform the Health & Safety Officer and the Institute Nurse. The Health and Safety Officer will complete a “Pregnancy Risk Assessment” with the Student and the relevant Department representative. This pregnancy risk assessment will address specific areas of concern pertaining to the Student’s course.

Health Unit

The Institute Health unit will support and advise students during their pregnancy. However, pregnancy specific health issues or concerns should be discussed with your midwife or obstetrician. Appointments to see the Doctor or Nurse can be made by telephoning or emailing the Health Unit:
The Counselling service is also available to help the Pregnant Student cope with pregnancy related or other issues they may be facing.

Examinations

When organising alternative examination arrangements each case is considered on an individual basis and recommendations of the Student’s GP/Consultant are also taken into account.

If time of birth is close to the time of examinations the Student may sit the examinations having provided the college with a medical certificate stating that it is safe for the Student to do so.
Where the time of birth coincides with examinations the Student may apply in writing to defer the examination to a later sitting.

Useful Support Links

Support for Unplanned Pregnancy

Support for Single Parents