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Toolkit for new parents

Last updated: 9 Apr 2021

If you’re expecting a new child in your family, you probably have lots of questions about maternity leave and pay, benefits, paternity rights and the right to request flexible working.

Our popular factsheets summarise the information you are most likely to need at this crucial time, as well as for parents of older children. There’s a lot more information on all these topics elsewhere on the site.

Toolkit for new parents – part one – benefits 2021-2022

Toolkit for new parents – part two – rights at work 2021-2022

Toolkit for new parents – part three – flexible working 2021-2022


If you have further questions and would like to contact our advice team please use our advice contact form below or call us.

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