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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 Risk Assessments for New & Expectant Mothers
  2. 2 Workplace Risks
  3. 3 Equality and Employment Law
A mother and her baby - New and Expectant Mothers at Work Training
Diagram representing the risks that are common to new and expectant mothers

In this section we look at the two stages of risk assessment which should be done. Firstly a generic risk assessment – which is done for all employees, but must cover new and expectant mothers, regardless of whether an organisation has any. And the second stage of risk assessment - assessment after notification, which is all about re-visiting the generic risk assessment after a woman has notified her manager that she’s pregnant.

Diagram showing risks that expectant mothers are more susceptible to as part of our new and expectant mothers at work training

This section concentrates on the four main areas which must be considered in a risk assessment to take account of new and expectant mothers – physical factors – including manual handling and seating, biological hazards – for example illnesses and bacteria, chemical hazards, such as working with lead or mercury; and working conditions – which includes working hours, travelling and work environment.

Diagram representing a disagreement between employer and employee as part of our new and expectant mothers training

This section covers maternity rights, such as maternity leave, maternity pay and maternity allowance. It looks at redundancy, paternity leave, adoption, surrogacy arrangements and returning to work. It refers to the Equality Act in connection with discrimination.

About this course

It’s important that the workplace is safe for everyone but special consideration must be made for the safety of new and expectant mothers at work.

Every year around 350,000 women in the UK continue to work after becoming pregnant and around 250,000 return to work after having their baby.

This New & Expectant Mothers Training Course has been designed to be used by employers, managers, expectant mothers and women returning to work after having a baby. It looks at the increased risks that pregnant women and new mothers may face and it looks at dealing with these risks in practical terms in the workplace.

It also looks at the risk assessments that need to be carried out and looks further into maternity rights, leave, pay and maternity allowance - all things that need to be considered. 

In 2016 the Citizens Advice Bureau reported that it had seen a 58% increase in maternity leave queries in just 2 years - Take a look at the 10 most common examples of workplace maternity discrimination and make sure you avoid any similar scenarios with our New and Expectant Mothers at Work Training.

Zoe Phillips, a presenter of New and Expectant Mothers at Work Training

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Zoe Phillips

The importance of New and Expectant Mothers at Work Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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New & Expectant Mothers certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This New and Expectant Mothers at Work Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your New and Expectant Mothers at Work Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

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New and Expectant Mothers Training Certificate

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not sure I need an hour long course to cover a subject that is common sense apart from the "numbers"

The course is very informative

The course is specific and provides excellent guidance to employers managers and expectant mothers


a long one but much useful information


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Detailed and relevant

An interesting course, containing lots of relevant information that some people may not think about

Was really clear and well communicated

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Very instructive

Everyone must take this opportunity because it is very important

Tool long

Target audience - more towards managers Too long It would have been more beneficial if the test displays the correct answers rather than making you exit and go over content again.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999

The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations came into force on the 15th of December, 1999. This legislation makes it clear that expectant parents are legally entitled to parental leave and provides more information on: 

  • Unfair dismissals
  • Extent of entitlement
  • Protection from detriment and discrimination
  • Pay
  • Contractual rights

(1) An employee is entitled to ordinary maternity leave provided that she satisfies the following conditions—

(a) At least 21 days before the date on which she intends her ordinary maternity leave period to start, or, if that is not reasonably practicable, as soon as is reasonably practicable, she notifies her employer of—

(i) Her pregnancy;

(ii) The expected week of childbirth, and

(iii) The date on which she intends her ordinary maternity leave period to start,

(b) If requested to do so by her employer, she produces for his inspection a certificate from—

(i) A registered medical practitioner, or

(ii) A registered midwife,

stating the expected week of childbirth.

The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999

Business benefits

This New & Expectant Mothers at Work Training provides you with the tools you need to make the workplace safer for pregnant women and women returning to work after giving birth.

It considers the many risks faced by new and expectant, helping you deal with them in a practical way so that you can stay legally compliant. It also covers maternity rights, leave, pay, and maternity allowance, providing you with the information you need to avoid workplace maternity discrimination which often increases staff turnover and can lead to employment tribunal claims.

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