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Maternity Leave

Description

Maternity leave is a statutory leave of absence from employment for teachers and special needs assistants. All pregnant teachers and special needs assistants, who reach their 24th week of pregnancy, are entitled to 26 weeks maternity leave and 16 weeks additional unpaid maternity leave. For further information on maternity leave, please see the relevant circulars below:

Revised Maternity Protection Entitlements for Registered Teachers and Special Needs Assistants are posted on this website.

Please note that days in lieu available under the previous cicrulars, 0011/2011 - Maternity Protection Entitlements for Registered Teachers and SNA 13/05 - Maternity/Adoptive and Parental Leave for Special Needs Assistants will not be accrued on and from 1st May 2013, but any remaining leave in lieu on that date may be taken after it.

How to Apply

Teachers must complete the application form at Appendix A attached to Circular 0009/2013 and return to their employer (i.e. Board of Management/ Manager/ Education and Training Board) at least six weeks in advance of commencement of the leave.

Special Needs Assistants must complete the application form at Appendix A attached to Circular 0017/2013 and return to their employer (i.e. Board of Management/ Manager/ Education and Training Board) at least six weeks in advance of commencement of the leave.