I'm thinking about plans to return after having my second daughter, but money is VERY tight. I can't afford to be on maternity leave until September so will have to return at the end of July in order to start my contract so I can be paid for the summer. The thing is, for both my girls to go back to the childminder will cost about £80 a day and then HER contract will kick back in and I'll have to pay half for the summer holidays. Am I right in thinking that I can state the 1st day of the summer holidays as my 'return date' and I will still get paid? It doesn't sit well with me as I feel guilty but it's just so expensive for childcare when it'll now be more than I pay for my mortgage!! Any help would be great!