Been speaking to a Nanny who helps out sometimes at our pre-school and she said that she is only allowed 3 weeks off a year and none can be taken around Xmas. Does this sound right? Can employers dictate this?
28 days if they don't get bank holidays or 20 days and all the bank holidays. Employers can dictate when, my AP contract (same employment rights) says half will be dictated and half by negotiation (which is usually an extended Christmas break.
And you have a much larger number of public holidays in the US - for example the best part of a week that most take for thanksgiving doesn't come out of the holiday allowance - whereas if you want a similar extended break over Christmas here it does come out of your holiday allowance.