Hi all, I just need some advice. I’m currently on maternity leave from my job in the hospitality industry, before DD I worked long unsociable hours in a pretty toxic environment. Furthermore my partner is in the merchant navy and is gone for 3 months at a time, and I’m six hours drive away from family. Childcare is crazy expensive and my pay just won’t stretch that far. I’m considering not returning, but will I have to pay back part of my maternity pay? I could request flexible working but I’m worried about childcare for the LO.
Just need some advice and perspective it’s stressing me out
Not necessarily it depends on your employer. Childcare is extortionate I feel your pain- but it will get better as baby gets older. Flexible working and tax credits might be a way forward, and childminders tend to be cheaper than nurseries?