Want to feel confident about managing your team to and from parental leave?

As a line manager, you have a crucial role in the smooth running of your organisation, and a significant impact on the day-to-day experience of the people you manage, especially their experience of transitioning to and from parental leave. 

Finding out one of our team is going to be a parent (sometimes again) normally brings a mix of emotions. These often range from excitement on their behalf that they are growing their family to anything from apprehension to mild panic about how your team will cope while they are away, which may be anything from a couple of weeks to a year. 

You might have lots of questions going around in your head such as:

  • How does parental leave work? 
  • What's the difference between maternity, paternity and shared parental leave?
  • What are KIT/SPLIT days?
  • What do I need to discuss with my team member to help them prepare for parental leave?
  • What's the best way to cover my team member's work while they're on leave?
  • What else do I need to think about?

This course is designed to help you feel confident and comfortable supporting members of your team in their transition to parental leave, however they are becoming a parent. It aims to cover everything you need to do / know to help them have the best transition to parental leave and back to work again.

So your team members won't just survive after they return to work, they will thrive.

You have life time access to this course, and because we know how hard it is to find time to do courses on top of your day to day work, the bite size lessons are designed to make it easy to complete around even the busiest work life.

What will you learn on this course?

This course is divided into three modules to help you build a parent-friendly culture in your team, find out the key things you need to do to support your team and learn about the transition to parenthood. It covers topics such as:

  • Top tips to create an inclusive parent-friendly culture

  • How to use coaching conversations to support your team

  • How to avoid making assumptions and reduce unconscious bias

  • How to help your team maintain healthy work-life boundaries

  • The practicalities of supporting someone through parental leave

  • The importance of handover documents and return to work plans

  • How to create a parental leave 'communication plan'

  • Our top tips for managing flexible working requests

  • Understanding the transition to parenthood and how it can impact work

  • How mental load can affect parents' return to work

How does it work?

  • Sign up

    Sign up for the course and receive your welcome email and immediate access to the whole course.

  • You lead the pace

    Work through the course in your own time, at the pace that works for you. You can dip in and out as fits in with your work.

  • Life time access

    You have life time access to the course so once you have finished it, you can revisit lessons as and when you need them.

About The Maternity Coach

The Maternity Coach was founded by Frances Cushway, a licenced registered Career Coach who specialises in supporting parents to return to work following parental leave and continue to thrive in their careers. Frances has a Postgraduate certificate in Career and Talent Management and a degree in Psychology. She is a Registered Career Development Professional with the CDI where she was a finalist for Career Coach of the Year 2018, 2021 and is again in 2022 for her work with mothers on maternity leave. She offers a unique coaching experience that brings together the psychology of becoming a parent with the practicality of planning the return to work that is right for you and your family. The Maternity Coach's mission is to support parents through parental leave and their return to work; to help them rediscover who they are and what they want from their career after parental leave and give them the courage and tools to return to work with confidence so they can continue to make their unique contribution to the world.

What do people say about The Maternity Coach courses?

I've recommended this course to others


"Really useful. I’ve actually recommended the course to others in my NCT group to see if their employers would consider it."

I'm now looking forward to the transition!


“I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Can't thank Frances enough, I began the course almost feeling like I wouldn't be able to return to work at all, but have left feeling much more confident and in fact looking forward to the transition!”

I now feel confident that I can balance working and being a mum.


"This course has been fantastic, thank you! It helped me consider things I wouldn't have thought about. I have gone from feeling that leaving was the only option, to feeling confident that there are ways around balancing working and being a mum."

I feel calm, prepared and organised


"Excellent course, Frances you have been fantastic, thanks so much, highly recommend this course, I feel calm, prepared and organised as I approach maternity leave so I can make the most of my birth and new baby and then go back to work feeling ready and excited about the new challenges ahead."

I feel so much more empowered


"Thank you so much, this has been hugely beneficial. I feel so much more empowered about returning to work. We don't often get help like this in the public sector so I know how precious this is."

I now have a plan in mind and feel more prepared for my return to work.


"Really great to make you think and reflect in a constructive, objective and positive way about the challenges of being a working mum and being on maternity leave. I now have a plan in mind and feel more prepared for my return to work."

A plan to transition between work and family life

GP & Parent

"This course has allowed me to plan my return so it's a much better transition between work and family life."

This course was so helpful, even for someone on their third maternity leave.


"Fantastic course. So helpful even for someone on their third maternity leave. Really got me thinking about subjects that had not been on my radar before."

The course has been so useful for planning my return to work


"Thank you, the course has been so useful for planning maternity leave and return to work, considering both the practical and emotional aspects."

Useful to reflect on life at this point


"This course gave me time to reflect on life at this point which was very useful. I would have found extremely informative on my previous maternity leave."


  • Who is this course aimed at?

    This course is aimed at all line managers to help support you managing your team through and back from parental leave, whether you've managed people through parental leave before, or you're new to line management.

  • Will I have time to do this, work is really busy!

    This course is designed so you can dip in and out of it, so even if you only have 10 minutes here and there to grab a cup of tea and complete a lesson you will benefit, and before long you will have completed it.

  • I'm an experienced line manager, will this course be useful for me?

    If you have managed team members to parental leave and back to work before, you will no doubt find some of this course familiar, while other lessons will be completely new. If there are things you would like to do differently next time, this course can help you reflect on that.

  • How long do I have access to this course?

    You will have lifetime access to it and to any updates we make. So you can come back and revisit the content whenever you need it.

  • Can I get help when on the course?

    There is information in the course on how to get help if you need it.

Frances' career coaching support has appeared on

Radio 5 Live
BBC Surrey and Sussex
Politix and Chill
Independent school parent magazine