Hi I have just started my maternity leave. From September I will be employed part-time 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, 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. 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! Are they simply being unreasonable?