For Category 1 caring for children, you should provide the actual/expected birth date of your youngest child. Please note you do not need to re-apply after each period of maternity leave unless your first child is over 18 years old. Once you have been deemed eligible to train LTFT for reasons of child-care, you can continue to do so until your youngest child is 18 years old.  Category 1 caring for children is for both men and women. You do not need to provide a birth certificate.


For category 1 health reasons you need to provide a letter of support from your GP or Occupational Medicine at your current trust recommending you train LTFT, and an indication of how long the request is for. Please note this is the only evidence we accept. Your TPD can recommend you train LTFT but you need to provide the appropriate evidence. Without the supporting evidence your request to train LTFT will be declined. The letter of support should be dated within the last three months from the date you submit your application. 


For category 1 caring responsibilities apart from child-care, you should provide a letter from the GP of the person for whom you are caring that states you are the primary carer, and an indication of the time commitment. Without the supporting evidence your request to train LTFT will be declined. The letter of support should be dated within the last three months from the date you submit the application.