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SCHOOLS PROVIDE CRECHES FOR TEENAGE MOTHERS

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A school in Scotland has found running a creche for its pupil-mothers has proved so popular it now provides spaces ...
A school in Scotland has found running a creche for its pupil-mothers has proved so popular it now provides spaces for up to 50 infants, reported The Sunday Times (p11).

Cheryl Wilson, 17, was among those using the facilities at the Wester Hailes Education Centre in Edinburgh was helping. Despite having a baby who will be two in the summer, she regularly attends classes and is adamant she will not be stuck in a dead-end job or be dependent on benefits. In Dundee, close to a secondary school, a large detached house is used to help teenage mothers continue their education. Some are as young as 13.

In England there has been a marked increase in special units outside schools designed to allow teenage mothers continue with education. And last week the DfEE welcomed the idea of in-school creches.

The government's social exclusion unit has been studying the issue and is due to report in three weeks. It is expected to include further plans to help teenage mothers, with schools playing a key role.
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