When your child is away for a short period and an absence fee is charged, we'll continue to pay the childcare provider so your child keeps their place. We can do this for up to 3 weeks at a time but we may need to review your payments if your child is away a lot.
Absences of fewer than 3 weeks
If your child is going to be away for a short period you don't need to do anything. We'll pay the childcare provider while your child is absent.
If the childcare provider is not going to charge an absence fee while your child is away, you need to let them know the dates your child will be absent.
Absences of more than 3 weeks
If your child is going to be away for longer than 3 weeks, they must have a medical reason. You'll need to let your childcare provider know and you'll need to get a medical certificate. We can keep paying for your child's place at the programme for up to 6 weeks when a medical certificate is provided. You can drop the medical certificate off at your nearest service centre.
If you get Child Disability Allowance or Group Special Education Funding you don't need a medical certificate.