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01/01/2013 at 22:11
Just interested really in what other people think. Would you take your 5 year old out of school for a week to go to centre parcs because its £500 cheaper to go a week earlier.
01/01/2013 at 22:26
I'd be tempted! Think it would have to depend on time of year and what they would miss. I haven't so far but I thought his first ever term was important. From now on? I don't know. I used to be a (secondary) teacher and it was always difficult when kids missed school, so that's always a consideration for me.
01/01/2013 at 22:27
yes and i did last year (when she was in reception) for a week
01/01/2013 at 23:01
Yes I would and have x
01/01/2013 at 23:16
Possibly, it would depend on what year they were in, I am about 90% sure I wouldn't at high school, I would if it was a once in a lifetime type thing. In primary school I'm
Not sure the age they have assessments etc but I'd probably go if it wasnt an assessment year (I know there's continuous assessment but I'm sure you have to
Do tests at some point too, iv no idea as I didn't go to school down here so its different) x
02/01/2013 at 00:04
Yes I would.
I think it's terrible how companies put the prices up so much!
02/01/2013 at 08:14
Yes I would and have. Once E starts secondary then I probably won't. When we've taken holidays we've always avoided the SATS testing (school won't authorise holidays during those weeks anyway). Our school is also very strict on the criteria you have to meet for them and the board of governors to approve it. Think they need 95%+ attendance or something.
As it is we're holidaying in the UK during the summer break this year - has cost £1200 more than taking them off peak would have, but I'll save around the same in childcare costs so it evens out.
02/01/2013 at 08:17
IMO For the sake of a holiday/financial reasons, I don't think I could/would personally. Just because - you're not the only one battling the same constraints, every family has the same dilema, and if everyone took their kids out of school for a holiday, it would be very disruptive. Also, my stepbrother was just taken out of secondary school (by his Dad) and was made aware that he could be fined quite a considerable amount per day of school he missed, so in essence, he didn't actually save that much! (or he won't should the fine materialise at the school goverrners discretion).
I've always been very against taking kids out of school though, my Mom would barely let me have a sick day, let alone time off for a holiday, so I guess it comes from there. However there are now times i'd consider taking our LG out of school in the future - eg: if he Dad is back for 2 weeks R&R mid 6 month Afghan tour and is going back out before it's school holiday time.. So although i'm saying no, I am also admitting, I would take LO out, in certain circumstances albeit not for the sake of £500 - i'd do without the holiday first.
02/01/2013 at 08:43
Yes I would. I was always taken out of school for holidays and didn't suffer for it. My H has fixed leave periods so I'm hoping this will be enough of a reason for the school to authorise it.
02/01/2013 at 08:48
Yes, I would, and I have done.
02/01/2013 at 08:50
We had E's holiday turned down for 2 days. I then appealed and got it authorised. I would do, until the holiday companies get taken to task on the fact they charge so much at peak times. Depends how old the child is and what they would miss.
02/01/2013 at 09:16
I would. It really narks me how much prices are hiked in school holidays. We probably couldn't afford the extra so if it was a choice of missing a week and having a lovely family holiday to remember, or missing out altogether, I would.
02/01/2013 at 09:31
It would depend on the holiday and the circumstances for me and what the children would gain by being off school.
I wouldn't for Centreparcs though.
02/01/2013 at 09:50
Yes absolutely. We even take Sd out of school now age 13 if its cheaper.
02/01/2013 at 09:58
For a week at centerparcs no I wouldnt. For a once in a lifetime, couldnt be done at any other time, probably yes.
Why do some people think its worse for children to miss time in secondary school than primary? Is early education not as valuable?
02/01/2013 at 10:16
Never in a million years. In my eyes it is disrespectful to the school, your child's teachers and shows your children that money is more important than their education. That said, I am married to a teacher, my parents are teachers so I am seeing if through their eyes. If you have school aged children and can't afford to go on holiday in school holidays then don't go/ go somewhere cheaper.
02/01/2013 at 10:18
02/01/2013 at 10:19
I don't think early education isn't valuable, far from it. But I do think children start school too early here. I don't know about everyone elses' 4 and 5 year olds, but mine were and are permanently exhausted for the first couple of years of Primary education. My thinking goes along the lines of this article news.bbc.co.uk/.../7234578.stm
I think that family time at a really young age is just as important as education, so if people can't afford the extortionate prices during school holidays I can't begrudge them their only opportunity of an annual family break. But that's just me, not everyone has to agree and I realise this subject is a can of worms
02/01/2013 at 10:22
I would and agree with shh that family time is vital and if its a case of a week off school or nothing then a week off school is best. As a teacher I would prefer chn to miss the end of term rather than the beginning as then I don't have to reteach the beginning of the topic to help chn catch up if that makes sense.
02/01/2013 at 10:38
I do actually mostly agree with you Sshh, but as a teacher myself I have no choice to take my children out of school for holidays, we have to find a way to do it in school holiday times and I only work part time and my H is a police officer so it's not as if we are on big money and can afford amazing holidays regardless. I think family times and holidays are hugely important, just as important as school.
What I find harder to accept is putting holiday time over education time, to me it sends the wrong message to the child about what is valued most by their family. For me, both are iimportant, and so we work holidays around school and go with what we can afford in school holidays. I don't subscribe to the view that my child is entitled to 2 weeks in Spain in term time whilst missing school because otherwise we couldn't afford to go on holiday. You can, you just go with a different kind of holiday that you can afford rather than what you think you should be able to do at the expense of education. For me, it's changing holiday expectations- the family time and what the kids get out of it is the same on a cheaper holiday in school holidays that we can afford.
This is always a flammable subject, and I know my view is hugely influenced by being a teacher and always being reminded that the child is at the centre of everything I do and thinking about what they are getting out of it.
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