I’ll Take The Fine – Term Time Holidays.

If you haven’t seen the latest news regarding the law’s on withdrawing children from school for term-time holidays, where have you been? It’s a topic that has been highly debated by parent’s and professionals alike, personally I have refrained from commenting on the subject for fear of judgement, until now.

You see, I do not have the financial capabilities to take my children to exotic destinations, nor do I drive a vehicle to give them a weekend by the sea, but, if by some miracle I managed to achieve one or both of the above, I would take them wherever our hearts desired without a second thought.

Theo is yet to begin full-time education but attends nursery 5 days a week, he loves exploring and discovering new places. Mia is in her second year of infant’s school, her attendance is excellent, her progress astounding, she’s literate and oh so creative. She’s the kind of girl who is easy to please, give her the sea breeze and her imagination will run wild…

Education isn’t just pen and paper.

From start to finish, holidays are a fountain of knowledge. New sights, new smells, new cultures, for children it’s all fresh and exciting. They learn so much, from stepping onto a plane to feeling fine exotic sand between their toes, and they don’t even know it, they are just having fun!

For me it’s not about the astonishing difference in price, it’s about freedom. Children who are home schooled do not have such restrictions set upon them so why should children who attend a formal education setting? As parent’s, we should be the judge of our child’s well-being.

I have allowed Mia to have a day off school in the past for a day trip to see a show, a show she adored and still talks about month’s later, tell me, what harm did that do?

If and when the opportunity arises, I will without a doubt take my children away during term-time. I’ll take the flack, I’ll pay the fine, and I’ll feel nothing other than pride and contentment. For when my children discuss our adventures, they’ll be discussing experiences many other’s wouldn’t have had, they’ll be teaching other’s what they’ve learnt, their mind’s completely engrossed by the visions they have seen.

That kind of education is second to none, experiences become memories, and memories like that are priceless.

Of course, if my child was struggling at school, or if their attendance had already been affected by illness, I would perhaps consider a more appropriate time to travel, I’m not irresponsible, I have my children’s best interests at heart, but I will not be dictated to by the need to fulfill statistics and meet targets.

Would you pay the fine? Or do you keep holidays for the holidays? Let me know below.

I love this post from Dear Little Daisy, her views on the school system are similar to mine and she to would take her children out of school during term-time, pop over and have a read.

Education School Term-Time Holidays

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8 Comments

  1. Lyndsey O'Halloran 13th April 2017 / 10:23 am

    I’m with you, I’ll take the fine. There’s more to an education than sitting in a classroom

  2. Evette 13th April 2017 / 3:18 pm

    Great post I will take the fine too.
    My daughter is going on s yeae 6 trip to France next June with school costing £400. But if I took her out of school the same week then I’d be fined no doubt even tho the majority of her class would already be away.

  3. Jodie 15th April 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Thank you for featuring my post! Love yours too!! x

  4. Awaybies 18th April 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I think it’s just outrageous how prohibitively expensive holidays are outside of term time!! So unfair. Love the photo of the books by the way 🙂 #dreamteam

  5. Amy Stainthorpe 18th April 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. I’d totally take the fine! X

  6. Emma 19th April 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I agree with you and have taken our two out of school to go on holiday – they have good attendance all year and the last week of term is usually just games and watching videos so I think travel is a much more valuable experience! #dreamteam

  7. Rhyming with Wine 20th April 2017 / 9:29 pm

    I agree with you. The cost of holidays out of term time is so prohibitive, and for me I feel that time as a family to re-connect and discover new places together is so precious. I think that there needs to be a base line for attendance to ensure that their classroom education isn’t genuinely being placed at risk, but provided that base line is being met and there are no issues with performance otherwise I say take the fine. The memories are priceless. Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x

  8. Devon Mum 20th April 2017 / 10:06 pm

    I will definitely take the fine when my daughter starts school as I feel that it is my choice as her mother. If she was struggling or it was near exam times then obviously i wouldn’t but nobody has the right to tell me what I can do with my child.
    Also what about all the times that teachers go on strike and parents have to take time off work to look after their children? I think the teachers should pay a fine for putting parents out of pocket! It’s double standards and if you can’t tell it really winds me up lol x

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