Does the right to time off for dependants include time off to care for a sick child?

The Government guidance on the subject states that if an employee's child comes down with, for example, chicken pox, it is envisaged that time off for dependants will cover time to deal with the immediate care of the child, including visiting the doctor if necessary, as well as time to make longer-term care arrangements. The right will not entitle the employee to time off to look after the child until he or she recovers. In Qua v John Ford Morrison Solicitors [2003] IRLR 184 EAT the Employment Appeal Tribunal emphasised that the right to time off for dependants does not include the right to time off to provide care beyond a reasonable amount necessary to deal with the immediate crisis.