Generally, you are entitled to the same number of childcare days as you have working days in a working week. This applies to employees working full-time and part-time, subsidised employees and students.
If you work every day (for an average of five days per week), you are granted five childcare days on 1 January, possibly on 1 May, if it has been locally agreed to follow the holiday year. If you change employers within the FA's member area, you are not entitled to more than five childcare days in a calendar/holiday year.
If you do not work every day, the number of childcare days is calculated in the same way as the number of holidays. It is, however, possible to draw up more detailed guidelines locally for rounding off.
If you were employed in the current year, you are granted one childcare day when you start and accrue one childcare day more for each whole quarter in the employment period. This means that on employment:
- On or before 1 January, you are entitled to five childcare days
- On or before 1 April, you are entitled to four childcare days
- On or before 1 July, you are entitled to three childcare days
- On or before 1 October, you are entitled to two childcare days
- After 1 October, you are entitled to one childcare day
The above does not apply, however, if in the year of entitlement you have been granted all childcare days from a previous employer within the collective agreement area.
If you have fixed-term employment, the entitlement depends on the time period. You are entitled to one childcare day on appointment and one for each whole quarter of your employment.
Please note that it may be agreed that childcare days are deposited in the hour bank at the start of the year of entitlement.