Thanks, I too have to use own time or unpaid. Just seems a bit nonsensical when you are allowed time of for own appointments. where I work there are parents in other sections within the organisation that allow time off with pay etc.
My husband was just having this conversation with someone at work (a big national company), the other day, since both our boys have appointments 2 days running in a couple of weeks that he needs to take leave for. He was told by a superior that he shouldn't have to be taking holiday for appointments but should be taking paid personal business days. DH did point out that we take advantage of the days off and fit other stuff in. He did get told quite explicitly, last year, by someone who has now left that he can't use carer's leave for appointments though.
His employer does ask for appointment cards or letters when personal days are take, though.