What time off am I allowed to look after my child, once I am back at work?

Your contract of employment may give you specific rights to time off work in special circumstances. In any event, the law provides a right to unpaid time off work in the form of:

If you have at least 26 weeks’ service, you can also make a request for flexible working. See our Flexible Working section for tips on making a request.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.