Hi - I don't want to stir up controversy but am seeking an answer as my union haven't bothered to phone me back. I originally planned to return from ML on September 1st, but now feel I need to return earlier. Firstly, do my school have to allow me to return earlier (provided I give them 21 days notice)? Secondly, do I have to return before the summer holidays or could I nominate the first day of the holidays as my return to work date? I know most people go back a few weeks before hand; I did not choose to do this as I didn't want to mess up my cover's summer term and wanted the summer properly off with my baby, but circumstances have now changed. However, obviously not having to arrange childcare for a week or so in July would be better for me and my cover would probably be paid more then too. Thanks for any advice.