Hello everyone, I'm just after a few opinions please before I get in touch with work...
I'm planning on having 12 months off and then going back part time in May (I work for the NHS). I've found a lovely child minder who lives very close to me, would be able to do nursery/school drop off in the future BUT she doesn't have a space till August. I'm wondering if I could ask work for 3 months unpaid leave...or 2 months unpaid leave and then 1 month annual leave?
Is this a complete no-no or worth an ask? I know there are other childminders out there but I did really like her and it seems a shame to have to find another one for 3 months. No family nearby :-(
you're entitled to unpaid parental levae (exact time to be negotiated) so maybe it could be tagged on to end. You also accrue your year's leave and BHs, so should ahve at least 6 weeks of paid leave to tag onto the end of your ML
You can take 4 weeks unpaid parental leave in a year but your employer has to agree to when exactly you are allowed to take it. They can defer the dates you want but you generally must be allowed it within 6 months of wanting it. Then you have your annual leave as Stealth has said. It could work out if your work is co-operative.
Thanks for your advice, I phoned work and they were very understanding and said that it's bit soon to sort things out for definite but as I'm being covered by a supply member of staff it won't be hard to cover me for an extra 3 months (especially as it's unpaid!) so it should be OK :-) I'm still hoping things might change with the child minder but hooray for parental leave!