I return to work in Dec following a years maternity leave and have requested to reduce my hours from full time - 5 full days to 2.5 days. I received the response today - my request has been approved as long as they can recruit someone to cover the remaining hours. Where does this leave me? I feel like I can't plan or prepare for my return to work (childminder etc). Also, what if they can't recruit anyone does that effectively mean my request has been rejected?