I am about to return to work doing 3 days after maternity leave. How much planning and prep should I have to do? When I returned from having my son last time I did 4 days and was expected to plan and prep everything for the person covering my day off. I am due to meet my HT to discuss going back this time and I'm not prepared to do 5 days worth of work for 60% of the pay. Can anyone advise me how much I should be planning/preparing?