Do you Get Your current Children Beyond School to be Holiday?
The recession has hit, the credit crunch has bitten, our bank accounts are far more often in the red compared to black, whichever way you appear at it…times are hard, and what this means is more and more parents are taking their children out of school in order to afford a household holiday.
The purchase price difference between term time holidays and breaks during school holidays will be laughable when it wasn’t so atrocious children holiday camps. A family of four could save more than £1000 on a holiday to Spain, like, should they travel even a few days before the college breaks up.
Holidays in term time, however, are frowned upon by schools, so what’re parents supposed to accomplish??? Well legally students are allowed 10 authorized days off school per year, but the child’s school must grant permission in order for them to bring it, and if families fly off regardless they may be fined anything between £100 and £2,500, making those cheap holidays to Spain, not so cheap after all.
Some holiday companies are attempting to offer incentives for travelling during school holidays, offering 5% discount for example, and although this can help, it still does not bring the price only term time holidays. Thomson and First Choice also made extra free child places available for the 2009 school summer holidays but it’s usually a case of being quick of the marks to take advantage of one of these offers.
Will children miss a lot of education by taking 10 days off school? Is playing on the beach or by the pool of some Spanish hotel educational? Could it be absolutely essential? Are parents only considering themselves and a rest in the sun, as opposed to what is best for the youngsters?
It’s a debate which will re-ignite annually particularly as the summertime holiday season falls upon us, a debate which many people feel very strongly about, a debate which will perhaps only ever disappear completely once the government outlaws peak and off peak pricing.