The recession has hit, the credit crunch has bitten, our bank accounts are more often in the red compared to the black, whichever way you look at it…times are hard, and this implies more and more parents are taking their children out of school in order to afford a family holiday.
The price difference between term time holidays and breaks during school holidays will be laughable when it wasn’t so atrocious. A household of four could save more than £1000 on any occasion to Spain, as an example, if 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 complete??? Well legally children are allowed 10 authorized days off school per year, but the child’s school must grant permission for them to bring it school holiday clubs, and if families fly off regardless they can be fined anything between £100 and £2,500, making those cheap holidays to Spain, not too cheap after all.
Some holiday companies want to offer incentives for travelling during school holidays, offering 5% discount for instance, 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 readily available for the 2009 school summer holidays but it’s usually an incident of being quick of the marks to make the most of one of these brilliant offers.
Will children miss an excessive amount 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 essential? Are parents only thinking of themselves and some slack in sunlight, as opposed to what is best for the youngsters?
It’s a debate that will re-ignite annually particularly as summer time holiday season falls upon us, a debate which many individuals feel very strongly about, a debate that will perhaps only ever disappear once the government outlaws peak and off peak pricing.