I am due to return to work after my maternity leave and requested a part time 0.8 contract which was approved. However, the more I think about it, the more I question whether it is 'worth' the day off. My timetable is predominately exam classes which I will stick with when returning. Like most teachers, I work every evening and Sunday is my work day. This has been the case for many years and won't change now as my number of exam classes won't reduce if I go part time (I will lose the very few ks3 classes I have). Therefore, I applied for 4 days as I felt I might need a day to actually function now there is a baby in the equation. I can't really afford losing the day but have worked out a tight budget which means limited saving. I don't have to pay childcare fees as family will look after my baby on days when I am working. However, does it work being a HOD and working 4 days? I know some argue you can't do the job part time but I would like to hear the experiences of those who do and whether it is really worth losing the day (and money). Or for those that work full time with a baby - how do you find the balance between being a new mum and HOD?