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AIBU to be ok with term time holidays?

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MoonStar07 Wed 31-Aug-16 17:31:00

Have a child starting reception I know that until age 5 you can take child out of school?! Number of mum's even with older kids will have a term time holiday this year...I'm kind of ok with this? I don't know: it's probably quite a debate. What are teachers thoughts? When is best time (if any) to take a week off?

Sirzy Wed 31-Aug-16 17:32:15

Personally I wouldn't take a week out. A week could be a whole topic missed in a subject. It's a lot of catching up to do, probably even more so in the earlier years where the foundations are being set for later.

mummymeister Wed 31-Aug-16 18:18:25

are you aware of the fines for holidays in term time Moonstar?

its £60 per parent per child and whether you get fined depends on your school and LEA.

you need to know what the schools policies are about taking kids out.

allowlsthinkalot Wed 31-Aug-16 18:18:47

You can do what you like until the term after their fifth birthday. I'm only sending dd two days a week until then.

I've taken older kids out of school for holidays and other events and believe it enhances their learning. You won't find many on mumsnet agreeing though!!

allowlsthinkalot Wed 31-Aug-16 18:21:39

They can't fine for a child below compulsory school age mummymeister.

The absence is marked with a code x which means the child is not required to attend. And they shouldn't be counted in the school's attendance figures.

MoonStar07 Wed 31-Aug-16 18:21:43

Oh really!! That's good. I have only 1 school age

Wolfiefan Wed 31-Aug-16 18:23:09

I wouldn't take a child out of school when they are just settling in.

MoonStar07 Wed 31-Aug-16 18:25:24

Done school nursery already and has lots of friends. Also advanced ie aged 4 and already reading level 3 biff chip books (they taught in nursery with DC as is ahead so didn't want to hold back). so I just think just 1 week would be ok?

ghostyslovesheep Wed 31-Aug-16 18:26:22

I have and I would again - a week is fine - my secondary age 2 are ahead anyway
Our lea will only fine if u have bellow 90% attendance or take more than 10 days over two terms
I've never been fined- mine all have 96% + attendance

Wolfiefan Wed 31-Aug-16 18:26:35

And the social side. Making friends? Knowing routines?

Wolfiefan Wed 31-Aug-16 18:26:41

What about making friends and knowing routines?

That1950sMum Wed 31-Aug-16 18:26:51

allowIsthinkalot I am interested how you can claim to enhance their learning by taking them out of school! grin

I can understand the argument that it saves money (not that I agree with that), but I'm really struggling with the idea that you're somehow supporting their education by taking them out of school.

Sirzy Wed 31-Aug-16 18:27:01

How advanced a hold is makes no difference though.

The first half term is about learning about the new setting, the new routines and things.

Even before the ban on holidays most schools asked that children didn't have time off in September because it is so important for settling in

Wolfiefan Wed 31-Aug-16 18:27:13

Sorry. On phone.

allegretto Wed 31-Aug-16 18:29:12

I take all 3 if mine out of school for a week's skiing each year. They always catch up and luckily we don't get fines here (I live abroad). I think there should be more flexibility in the UK.

MoonStar07 Wed 31-Aug-16 18:29:13

I'm thinking November time? Like end of November to go to the canaries?

MoonStar07 Wed 31-Aug-16 18:29:28

I hear lots take out for skiing

00100001 Wed 31-Aug-16 18:33:27

Do you know that in some countries, girls are denied an education.

In some countries, people work twk jobs to send their child to school.

In some countries children just don't get an education.

Why would you take your child's free education for granted, and want a week off just to go on a cheaper holiday? confused

allowlsthinkalot Wed 31-Aug-16 18:34:24

Because I believe that children learn best when allowed to play freely and explore their own interests - especially in the early years and there is a wealth of research based evidence supporting that. I don't believe that the current school system is particularly effective.

MoonStar07 Wed 31-Aug-16 18:35:07

Because I value family time too! And we can't afford a week abroad at other times.

Sirzy Wed 31-Aug-16 18:36:11

Why does family time need to be abroad though?

Have you priced up October half term? You can normally get some bargain prices for then.

00100001 Wed 31-Aug-16 18:37:08

So..... Don't go abroad? Its not compulsory you know.

MoonStar07 Wed 31-Aug-16 18:37:44

Plus I'm sure if I was Swedish kids start school later ? Or is that Norway? Also when I was 14 I was adamant I would not take time out of school for a 2 week trip my dad and mum and brother did to India. That was the only time we as a family ever could have gone on holiday as my dad then died before we could do it again. My biggest regret. My parents listened to me didn't take me out cos of my SATS. To this day I regret it so much I know j was only 14 but I never got to go away abroad with my parents and brother us all together. Life is too short

00100001 Wed 31-Aug-16 18:38:44

Also, your child will get every afternoon/ evening, weekend, October half term, Christmas, Feb half term, easter, may half term and all of the summer holidays off

MoonStar07 Wed 31-Aug-16 18:38:45

it doesn't need to be abroad but it's pretty good when it is!

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