Why have American style summer camps ever taken off in the UK? Is it because it would be unaffordable for the vast majority of the UK population? They always look like so much fun in films (I know that might not be the case in reality) and would solve a lot of child care issues maybe?
Foxesandsquirrels · 05/06/2023 12:28
This. Masses of learning lost in the US system over the summer. Some states have more than 3 months off. I think the system we've got in the UK is perfect when it comes to holidays. It's far easier on the children that need school for other things than just learning, which in this age is quite a lot of kids.
Grumpyfroghats · 05/06/2023 12:24
I think it's a mixed bag. Good for teens to have a long summer holiday to get a job, pursue interests etc but I think younger kids benefit from half terms and have more learning loss over the summer holidays
theremaybetulipsahead · 05/06/2023 09:50
Personally I think the American school system of longer summer holidays and shorter breaks through the year sounds great. I find half terms in particular just break up our routine and if the kids go to a day camp it isn’t enough time to really settle and make friends.
coxesorangepippin · 04/06/2023 17:43
I live in Canada and one of the best things is the fact that we have day camp (where your kids don't sleep overnight) which my kids adore.
I do not know how UK parents manage to find childcare for the entire summer, begs belief
WeKnowFrogsGoShaLaLaLaLa · 05/06/2023 16:17
@Belmondo - if you wanted to try a shorter stay first, they usually do a new years super sleep over, and and Easter one too.
I honestly cannot fault them. Travel is included - they collect them from your nearest train station. They've gone above and beyond to get my daughters lost property back etc.
I signed my daughter up because she was the youngest in the year group and needed a confidence boost before starting high school - it was the absolute making of her.
Ponderingwindow · 05/06/2023 16:20
There are ways to combat learning loss. It requires parent and school planning, but it can work. My child’s school requires summer homework in higher grades. We also make sure to include a mix of academic oriented camps.
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