Having a baby is a life-changing experience and you’ll be able to take plenty of time off work to deal with it. You’ll need to fill in a form to apply for maternity leave.
Everyone must take at least two weeks’ maternity leave, but how much additional time off you can take and the pay you get will depend on how long you’ve worked for us and how much you get paid. Typically you’ll have some time at 90% of full pay, followed by a period on a lower rate.
You’ll find full details in our Family Friendly Guidance, attached below.
How much time you can take off and the pay you get will depend on your terms and conditions. The information on this page, and in our Family Friendly Leave Guidance, is for staff employed on Buckinghamshire Council Terms and Conditions.
If you are on AVDC, BCC, C&SB, or WDC terms and conditions, your entitlement may be different. For more information and to find any forms you may need please use the links below:
Tell your manager your pregnancy due date when you feel comfortable doing so. But remember that the sooner you do the easier it will be for your manager to plan for your absence.
You must tell your manager you’re pregnant by the end of the 15th week before the week you’re expected to give birth.
You should also let them know the date you want your maternity leave to start. You can always change this date with at least 28 days’ notice.
Please fill out the Maternity/Adoption Notification form and give a copy to your manager and HR. You should do this as soon as you can.
You should also get a MATB1 form from your doctor or a registered midwife and hand it in with the notification form.
We will write to you within 28 days to confirm your expected due date and the date you are expected back at work.
Your manager will:
- Assess any risks for you at work when you are pregnant – you can read more in the Expectant Mother's Risk Assessment.
- Talk to you about your work progress and update this in your record
- Meet with you to review your work achievements before you start your maternity leave
You should get paid time off for all your antenatal appointments. This includes antenatal care for relaxation and parenting classes as well as medical appointments.
What your manager needs to see
Aside from your first appointment, your manager will ask to see evidence of appointments with medical practitioners including midwives and health visitors.
The father or partner can get unpaid time off work to attend two antenatal appointments.
Keeping in touch (or KIT) days allow you to stay in touch with what’s happening at work while you’re on maternity leave. For example, you might want to use a KIT day to attend training.
You can get paid for up to up to 10 KIT days during your maternity leave.
You don’t have to take KIT days unless you want to and any work you do on these days has to be part of your normal employment contract.
Fill out a KIT days claim form and you’ll be paid for the number of hours you’re at work. This will be offset against any maternity pay for that week.
The total amount you receive can’t be more than your normal full pay. Any payment for KIT days won’t affect your maternity allowance / maternity pay or the length of maternity leave you want to take.
Whether you work one hour or a full day, this will count as one of your 10 KIT days.
It’s really helpful if you can keep your manager updated on your plans and when you want to come back to work.
If you decide you want to return to work early, you must tell your manager in writing at least eight weeks before you want to return to work. This will help them with any plans in place to cover your absence.