Hi everyone, So I’m really anxious about my return to work after my years maternity leave, which started last May. Ideally I don’t want to go back, but just can’t afford to pay back the money and have worked out that, with the holidays, I’ll only been working around 8 weeks. I don’t want to go back solely for the money but the 2 hour commute I used to do just isn’t feasible with a baby. My questions: Can I stay off longer than my 52 weeks? For example, go back after half term? If I go back part time/ for less than 13 weeks then do I have to only repay some of the money? Or still pay all of it back because I haven’t met the minimum requirement? I want to be honest and upfront and notify my headteacher that I plan to return to work, but also give my notice to leave at the end of the academic year. Can I be penalised in any way for this? I’d feel better stating my intentions early, especially as my return date means I’d have to give notice just 2 weeks later (to meet the 31st May deadline) which feels wrong. I’d really appreciate some advice - but only if you’re sure, I’m relying on you all! Thank you.