I will start the second year of my degree course next September. Me and my partner are thinking of having our second child, while I am studying. But before going ahead, I want to make sure that I will be able to complete my studies, so it must be a carefully planned pregnancy and I need to know in advance what my options are.
My plan would be to have the child (birth) during next summer, let's say end of June/July.
The ideal thing for me would be then to stay at home for one year after having the child and then start back my final year one year later. I know from my experience how hard it is to study with a child who doesn't' sleep trough the night, therefore I would not be able to study when the baby is less than a year old... and given that my final year is the one that counts for the final mark I want to do well.
So, my main question is:
Are you allowed to stay at home one year due to the fact that you just had a baby (so only AFTER and not during pregnancy)while you are on BTEA? I mean, would I receive the payment for the year that I am at home or would I need to apply for FIS? And if the BTEA is stopped for one year, will they restart the payment the following year when I am going back to college?
BTEA would be absolutely essential, given our situation, primarily for the costs of childcare.
I have read the welfare policies in the case where one fails exams due to exceptional circumstances, including pregnancy and I am aware that they would pay the BTEA for another year in those cases, but my question is whether they pay it if you just postpone one year (without failing exams, if you are not even enrolled for the year)
Did anyone have similar experiences?
Maybe you would be able to tell me how the college dealt with your pregnancy... did they allow you to take one year off without issues?
That would be ideal for me,as in that case I would not have to pay the fees in the year I am repeating.
Sorry for the length of the post, just wanted to explain situation clearly.