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AIBU?

To wonder how you cover school holidays with no family?

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LivingMyBestLie · 04/10/2022 18:43

There are around 14 weeks of school holidays per year and I have three children (two primary school age, one 1yr old).

AIBU to think it's impossible to cover school holidays with no family childcare?!

For reference my partner gets 30 days annual leave a year, I get 15 (pro rata). I work 3 days per week.

Please tell me how you do it!?

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Jemimapuddleduk · 04/10/2022 18:44

Holiday clubs

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unicornsinspace · 04/10/2022 18:44

We are in the same situation, I've only just gone back to work after 8 years off and I've had to get a term time job. We refuse to pay what would be more than one monthly wage for childcare, it's ridiculous.

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cloverleafy · 04/10/2022 18:44

Pay for childcare

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Pinkishpurple · 04/10/2022 18:45

Term time only job in a school

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AffectiveFilter · 04/10/2022 18:45

Pay

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Comedycook · 04/10/2022 18:47

I stopped working

Not helpful I know!

Well I guess you and your DH use your annual leave and then holiday clubs...the one which are a full day long are expensive and imo it's not much of a rest for the kids but what can you do?

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Numbat2022 · 04/10/2022 18:47

Doesn't your school have holiday clubs? They'll be cheaper than the one year old's nursery fees!

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BigFluffyHair · 04/10/2022 18:47

Holiday clubs. 800 - 1k a summer for 2 kids. But you wouldn't need as much to cover 3 days a week. Sometimes work from home with them on a Friday, but they are older then yours and I like them to do things rather then TV. We budget for it year round. Usually have a holiday club for one of the half terms too and Easter. We have 30 days each.

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PayPennies · 04/10/2022 18:47

I don’t really understand this post. Obviously you pay for childcare. Our parents are respectively an hour away and two continents away and we have paid for full-time childcare for two children from when they were six months old

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LivingMyBestLie · 04/10/2022 18:47

I'm in the South East, what's the rough daily price of a holiday club?

I'm trying to work out how I'd manage an all-year round job but can't make the figures add up!

Thanks

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SudocremOnEverything · 04/10/2022 18:47

It’s pretty obvious that the answer is to pay for childcare. It’s just how it is.

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sittingonacornflake · 04/10/2022 18:48

Holiday clubs. Working flexibly on the odd day (I.e WFH with children around)

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StillTryingtoBuy · 04/10/2022 18:48

Who normally minds your one year old?

We have no family help and do a mix of annual leave, swapping childcare with other families (only really works smoothly once kids are 5+ in my experience), holiday camps (you can usually use any primary school camp rather than just ones offered by your school. Ours is £25 per day, in London) and juggling kids and work (not really sustainable for more than a day or two, depends on your kids and their age and your job too.)

When kids were pre-school age their usual childminder had them during school holidays.

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HandScreen · 04/10/2022 18:49

Holiday clubs are about £30 per child for a full day (8.30-6) or about £25 for a shorter day (9-3.30).

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Stickworm · 04/10/2022 18:49

There are two popular holiday clubs near me, one is £20 a day and one is £40 a day. The £40 a day has an extra hour at the end (9-4 instead of 9-3).

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Stickworm · 04/10/2022 18:50

But YANBU OP! My daughter is 5 and son is 2 and summer holidays were a nightmare I nearly had a breakdown 🤣

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HandScreen · 04/10/2022 18:50

You get 20% off through the gov childcare scheme

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Comedycook · 04/10/2022 18:50

LivingMyBestLie · 04/10/2022 18:47

I'm in the South East, what's the rough daily price of a holiday club?

I'm trying to work out how I'd manage an all-year round job but can't make the figures add up!

Thanks

My dc school have a holiday club but it's only open 9-3. It's cheap at £10 a day. I found one near me which did 8.30-6..but it was about £50 a day...! I think there are cheaper though.

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LivingMyBestLie · 04/10/2022 18:50

SudocremOnEverything · 04/10/2022 18:47

It’s pretty obvious that the answer is to pay for childcare. It’s just how it is.

It's obvious is it?!

I'm trying to make the figures stack up. I would earn under £30k FTE and therefore I don't even know if it would be worth it.

Obviously in the long run, but thinking about the next 5 years or so.

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cptartapp · 04/10/2022 18:52

Opposite annual leave covers half of it.
Holiday clubs/childminders/reciprocal cover with other parents for the other half.

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MinervaTerrathorn · 04/10/2022 18:52

DS went to holiday care. Overseas, so better hours than here, often available 6:30 to 18:30, government subsidised for low earners. From age 11 I had to split up my four weeks holiday to cover school holidays as best as I could. Usually a week to go away and then midweek days here and there so he wasn't home alone for a full week. He met up with friends on some days I was working.

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Midnights · 04/10/2022 18:52

We went to holiday clubs as children 🤷🏻‍♀️ no family within a flights distance and three of us!

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PastMyBestBeforeDate · 04/10/2022 18:52

We had a super flexible childminder.

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NoseyNellie · 04/10/2022 18:52

Term time job

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EllieQ · 04/10/2022 18:53

You and DH use your leave to cover part of the holidays, and use holiday clubs for the rest. Surely that’s obvious?

The key thing for us was finding a school with before/ after school care and a decent holiday club (8-6, not 10-3 like some of the sports/ activity based clubs round here).

Holiday club costs £32 per day here (Yorkshire) including food. Cheaper than nursery fees were!

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