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Last reviewed on 20 April 2021
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School types: Maintained, Special, Academy, Welsh establishment · School phases: All

Employees on maternity, adoption or parental leave are entitled to 10 keeping in touch (KIT) days. Read guidance on how and when they can be used, as well as how to calculate pay.

Employees can work up to 10 days during maternity leave

This is also true for adoption or parental leave. These ‘keeping in touch’ (KIT) days are optional and must be agreed to by both the employer and the employee. You’ll also need to agree:

  • The type of work an employee does
  • The pay they receive

Employees can’t carry out any work – including KIT days – during the 2-week compulsory maternity leave following the birth of a child.

Taking KIT days does not affect an employee’s right to maternity, adoption, or additional paternity leave and pay, according to GOV.UK.

KIT days should help employees have a smooth return to work

KIT days are intended

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