I've posted this in "pregnancy" already, but it might make more sense here! I have just started my maternity leave. From September I will be employed part-time (0.6 FTE) at my school, for various reasons, the main one being to spend more time with my baby. Obviously I won't go back to work in September, but a bit later in the year, probably January (it all depends on finances!) I have requested to know my timetable (not specific classes necessarily, but at least the days I'll be working) as I have to confirm childcare arrangements by the end of the summer, but my Head is refusing and says I'll get it closer to my return, as they won't write a timetable for me until then! My hours are going to be covered internally so apparently that's the reason they aren't able to give me a timetable. The timetable written for September will be "the most appropriate model for staff who will be teaching in September". Apparently, just in case some staff leave between September and when I return they won't allocate anything specific to me either... Why should I suffer from potential staff movement? Is this acceptable? As far as I'm aware, despite being on maternity leave I am still an employee of the school so have the same rights than any employee working there in 2011-2012. Another thing is that they keep saying how they can't guarantee the number of days I'll be working. All women who have gone part time in the years I've worked at the school have gone down to a specific number of working days (0.4: 2 days, 0.8: 4 days etc), not just hours, but it seems they won't accept that for me and they could make me work 5 days! That's ridiculous as it would make no difference whatsoever to my current situation, and I wouldn't have more time with my baby + would have to pay for extra childcare! I thought the Head had a duty of Work-life balance? Are they simply being unreasonable? Thanks in advance.