Work In The Summer Holidays
Posted: Sunday March 8 2020
By: Banner Jones
The school year is now coming to a close and if you are anything like me you have already given yourself a high five ( in secret of course!). The morning madness you pass off as a routine has worked, your child has made it to school every day and you have productively worked around the constraints of the school day. Now comes the biggest test – the 6 weeks holidays
How do working parents balance work with the school holidays if they do not have friends or family on hand to provide cover?
Many working parents use their own holiday entitlement to take time off during the school holidays, both parents taking alternate weeks off can provide blocks of cover at a time.
The Working Time Regulations and Working Time Directive allow employees a minimum of 5.6 weeks holiday each year. This is not quite enough to cover the whole of the school holidays as well as the additional half terms, Easter and Christmas holidays.
It is important to check your employer’s policy on taking holidays as many employers do not allow you to take more than 2 weeks holiday at any one time. Your employer may also have a policy of only allowing a set number of people off at the same time which can be an issue if your colleagues are also working parents. Employers may operate a separate rota system or a first come, first served policy in which case when it comes to work and the summer holidays you need to plan your holidays ahead to avoid being pipped to the post!