Parent’s Leave

Changes to Parent’s Leave from 1 July 2022
  • The statutory entitlement for Parent’s Leave for each parent increased from 5 weeks to 7 weeks for children born or adopted after 1 July 2022
  • You can claim the additional 2 weeks’ parent’s leave if your child is under the age of 2 on 1 July 2022 or your adopted child has been placed with your family less  than 2 years on 1 July 2022
  • You must complete the extra leave on or before your child’s second birthday or within 2 years of the adoption placement
  • Parent’s Benefit increased from 5 weeks to 7 weeks for each parent (if you qualify)

Parents to children born between November 2019 and July 2020 will not be eligible for the additional 2 weeks.

  • Leave to be taken within 104 weeks (2 years) of the birth of the child or in the case of adoption, from the date the child is placed with you (the placement date)
  • The leave period remains the same in the case of multiple births, for example if you have twins or if you adopt 2 or more children at the same time.
  • Both parents have an equal separate entitlement to parent’s leave
  • Parent’s Leave cannot be transferred between parents – except in specified circumstances such as the death of one of the parents
  • Where one parent dies, the surviving parent is entitled to leave for the amount of leave the deceased parent did not take from their 7 week entitlement (this is known as transferred parent’s leave).


You can take this leave as:
  • One continuous period of 7 weeks leave
  • Separate periods of not less than one week


Who can take Parent’s Leave
  • A parent of the child
  • A spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the parent of the child
  • A parent of a donor-conceived child as provided for under section 5 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015
  • The adopting parent or parents of a child
  • The spouse, civil partner or spouse of the adopting parent of the child (if the parents have not adopted jointly)


Application Process/ Notification requirements
  • The relevant parent must notify their employer of the intention to take Parent’s Leave a minimum of 6 week’s notice in advance.
  • Following discussion with your Principal/Manager this application can be made through the Core portal system
  • One of the following documents to be uploaded with the application on Core
    • Medical Certificate showing expected date of birth (where relevant)
    • Birth Certificate of the relevant child/children (if not already on file)
    • Certificate of Placement for the relevant child/children (in the case of adoption)
    • Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability (in the case of a foreign adoption)
  • KCETB does not pay your salary while you are on parent’s leave
  • You may qualify for a payment called Parent’s Benefit during parent’s leave if you have sufficient social insurance (PRSI) contributions. This is paid by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).


Relevant Documents
Circular letter 0030/2021 Parent’s Leave Scheme for Registered Teachers employed In Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools
Circular letter 0035/2021 Parent’s Leave Scheme for Special Needs Assistants employed In Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools


Additional information
The Legislation governing parent’s leave is the Parent’s Leave and Benefit Act 2019

Any further queries in relation to Parent’s Leave, please contact the Human Resources Department:

Ann Lennon (


Karen Hanrahan (