Returning from leave

The following guidance should be read in conjunction with the University’s Maternity Leave Policy and Procedure.

The information and guidance below may be of interest to assist the transition back to work after a period of leave.

FamilyBreastfeeding & Risk Assessments

The University has a legal duty of care to remove any hazards to breastfeeding mothers and therefore, a risk assessment should be conducted, using the form below.

Staff who wish to breastfeed following their return to work, should inform their line manager to discuss arrangements for a private, healthy and safe environment to be made available for the nursing mother to express and store milk. The staff member should also be provided with reasonable time to do this.

Further information in relation to new mothers at work can be found at the links below:

FamilyPay Plus for Childcare (Childcare Vouchers)

Pay plus for childcare is the University's salary sacrifice scheme for childcare ‎vouchers. The scheme can help to reduce childcare costs, as childcare ‎vouchers are exempt from income tax and National Insurance (NI), up to a maximum ‎amount per month. The vouchers can be used as payment towards a variety of ‎childcare provisions.

Further information about pay plus for childcare can be found at the link below:

FamilyTime off for dependants

The University’s time off for dependants policy provides details of the entitlement to a short amount of unpaid time off, for staff to make arrangements to deal with specific circumstances involving a dependant.

FamilyParental Leave

The University´s Parental Leave policy and procedure allows staff to take up unpaid leave to look after a child or make arrangements for a child's welfare.


Details of the benefits, offers and discounts available to all staff at the University of Sheffield, including benefits designed to suit your lifestyle preferences and family circumstances.

For more details, see the myBenefits webpages:


The Parents@TUoS Network was launched in 2012 and aims to be a conduit for information about parental leave, offering a range of support to all staff and students through career breaks and share best practice and "how to" tips.

Further information can be found at the link below:

Further guidance and support 

FamilyFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have any questions relating to all aspects of family leave, the FAQs below have been developed to support and guide both staff and managers.

FamilyFamily Leave

If you need information, guidance and support relating any of the family leave provisions available to staff at the University of Sheffield, this can be found at the link below.

FamilyCharities & Support Networks

The following links provide details of charities and support networks which may be helpful to both staff and managers.

JuiceJuice, Everyday Health & Wellbeing

Juice helps you take care of your everyday health and wellbeing at work, bringing together a range of services, guidance and activities, creating a remarkable place to work and further information can be found at the link below.

Looking for something else?

There is a wealth of information, guidance and support available from Human Resources relating to all aspects of employment and supporting policies and procedures. An index of information can be found at:

Alternatively, if you are unable to find the information you require, please contact your HR Team contact