Temporary child care leave

Temporary child care leave

If an employee’s child or a child under the age of 10 who lives with them on a permanent basis suddenly falls ill, the employee is entitled to temporary child care leave in order to arrange child care or look after the sick child. Temporary child care leave can last for up to four working days at a time. Parents are entitled to temporary child care leave even if the sick child does not live with them.

Temporary child care leave can be taken by either parent. Parents can split the leave between them as they wish, for example, by one parent staying with the child in the mornings and the other in the afternoons or by taking alternate days off. Only one parent can stay at home with the child at a time. If one of the parents normally stays at home and is able to look after the child, the working parent is not entitled to leave.

Employees must notify their employer of the need to take temporary child care leave and its estimated length as soon as possible. The employer can request proof of the grounds for the leave.