For many parents, the thought of finding work that fits around family life can be overwhelming. But help is available. We can help you find someone to talk to who can support you to gain new skills, find work, access childcare and increase your earnings.
Help finding work
if you’re looking for work, or have been affected by redundancy, there are lots of organisations that offer support, training or advice.
Our page on help looking for a job has lots of advice and information, including how to get help accessing training, help with the costs of interviews and travel, and additional support for women and disabled adults. We even have trusted job hunting tips that can help boost your confidence.
If you’re not sure where to turn, your local council's employability service is a great place to start. They can help support you support you into employment in a way that works for you. Use the dropdown list below to find out more about the support available in your area.
In this video, Aidan Moore, Employability Advisor at Falkirk Council, explains how he can help parents who are thinking about getting back to work.
Going back to work after having a baby
If you’ve been on maternity leave, you may well have mixed feelings about going back to work. Our page on returning to work after having a baby has lots of tips for you and your partner that will make the transition easier for you, as well as advice on your rights and who to talk to if you need a helping hand.
Help with childcare
One of the things that may be worrying you about going for job interviews or returning to work is childcare. But did you know that if you have a 3 or 4 year old, they’ll be eligible for 1140 hours a year of Early Learning and Childcare? This is free to you, funded by the Scottish Government and local authorities. Some 2 year olds are also eligible for funded ELC – you can find out about more about this in our section on Early Learning and Childcare. If your child is at school, our school age childcare page looks at options for you.
Our page on help looking for a job has lots more information on childcare options available when you’re looking for a job and when you start work, including support with upfront costs of childcare when you start work from the Flexible Support Fund.
Our page on getting to grips with childcare costs and benefits has more information on help to pay for childcare costs, including free funded hours, tax free childcare, and help through tax credits and Universal Credit for childcare.
Help with anxiety and stress
Looking for work and applying for jobs can be stressful and can sometimes leave you feeling down. But you don’t have to go through this on your own. There are lots of people and organisations that can help if you’re struggling with anxiety or stress, starting with your GP. Our section on wellbeing for parents has more advice and information.
“I didn’t know this type of support existed within my area. I happened to go for a vacant post and due to lack of confidence and experience as I had been out of work for some time due to an injury at work, I wasn’t successful.
"I received a call from one of the interviewers who explained to me about the support available and I wasn’t really too sure what this entailed. I am so glad I did go ahead with the meeting. They managed to get me a placement within my local area and through their support and training that was provided for me I was lucky enough to secure a full-time job at where I was placed.
"The training that I received was a professional bodies qualification which I have nearly completed. My support worker was amazing, I honestly don’t know if I could have done it without their input and support, even to this day. This experience has had such a big positive impact on my life and my family’s life.”