School Holidays

The Good, the Bad and the Sandy: What Holidays Are REALLY Like When You Have Kids

Helen Thorn | Posted 23.08.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Thorn

Now I have small children, a 'holiday' rarely involves two minutes of peace. Although it does seem involve the same amount of alcohol - just with less bikinis on a boat and more PJs on plastic furniture. So here's what summer holidays mean, now that I am a Scummy Mummy.

The End (of The Holiday) Is Nigh...

Kate Shippey | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Shippey

I'm the mother who has to hush my children to the doorway to check that it's not too full or noisy (first born), that it doesn't smell too plasticky (second born) and that there is good security on the entrance/exit doors (third born).

Plane Travel During Term Time Sucks Children's Brains Out, Warns Ghost of Michael Gove

Maddie Sinclair | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Comedy
Maddie Sinclair

The omnipresent spectre of sacked Education Secretary, Michael Gove, continues to save children from hemorrhaging intellect as soon as they step foot on an aeroplane during term time.

Smart Parent's Guide to Shrinking Summer Holiday Spend

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

Six weeks of summer and the media is reporting a £600 spend on entertaining the kids. That's up 50% on 2012 figures and doesn't include childcare.

Exhausted Mother Epidemic as School Year Ends

Prabs Patel | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Prabs Patel

Parents at her children's school have been shocked by the developments. "We always knew she wasn't the most organised or involved of mothers but this is a shock," said one who did not wish to be named.

Keep Cool and Carry On - Coping With Kids in the Blistering British Heat

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

When the weather changes more often than the balls at Wimbledon, how do you keep your kids cool, calm and collected throughout the day and night, and hold on to some shred of sanity yourself?

This New Ruling Could Change The Summer Holidays Forever

PA | By Alan Jones, Press Association Industrial Correspondent | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Parents

Millions of working parents will be entitled to unpaid parental leave this summer following new rules, it has been estimated. The Train Union Congr...

More Parents Than Ever Before Take Kids Out Of School For Holidays

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Parents

The rising cost of summer holidays at peak time is the main reason more parents than ever before are taking their children out of school for their fam...

Am I Allowed To Take My Child Out Of School For A Holiday?

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Parents

There's a fight going on over term time holidays and it's playing out in the media, in head teachers' offices across the land and even in parlia...

Find Out School Term Dates For 2015 Here

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Parents

With half term, days off for seasonal events and the big summer holiday, it can be hard to keep track of when your child's school holidays are. But...

Sneaky Tricks to Guarantee a Cheaper Flight This Summer

Sarah Willingham | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willingham

Fired up by the injustice of it all, I have been researching ways in which we could all cut the cost of summer flights and I have realised that there are LOADS of ways to beat the airlines at their own game. With a bit of savvy knowledge you can save hundreds!

Christmas in the Capital With Kids

Shumailla Dar | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shumailla Dar

In the run up to Christmas most working parents will have already planned their Christmas leave, but taking time off is the easy part - what isn't so easy is making sure you have enough things planned that make the Christmas holidays fun for the whole family (especially if this year you're having a 'staycation'!)

Why You Should Book Next Year's Family Holiday Now

Mark Hodson | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

If you have school-age kids there are some good arguments for booking your holidays well in advance. For a start, it's rare to find late deals during the school holidays - and who wants the stress of waiting until the last minute and hoping that something suitable and affordable shows up?

You Know They Are Ready to Go Back to School When...

Suzanne Whitton | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Whitton

Yes I know I've been absent without trace for the last 10 days *blows tumble weed off blog* but I've been busy "having fun" (read "breaking up fights") with my kids. This year I vowed to make the most of the 6 week break (rather than wishing it away) and I think I've achieved that. But there are still 7 days to go and quite frankly, we've all come to the end of our fairly short fuses.

How to Survive the Summer Holidays: 10 Simple Steps

Jeff Brazier | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Now how on earth am I going to juggle my work, the mountain of life coaching coursework AND entertain the children for the next six weeks?! As I pondered the enormity of the situation it struck me that I knew exactly how to cope.

School's Out For Summer

Caragh Little | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Anticipating coffee and a bun on the second morning of the holidays, I was assaulted by the first Back to School display of summer. No sooner have the holidays begun than we're preparing for them to end: hardly had I dragged myself home on that final half day of term, than the postman assured me with a cheeky grin that the break would be 'gone before I knew it.'

How to Escape the Crowds in Cornwall This Summer

William Gray | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Gray

Families love Cornish beach-beauties like Kynance Cove and Porthcurno, while Summerleaze (at Bude), Watergate Bay and Sennen Cove always score highly for ease-of-access, child-friendly facilities, beach lifeguards and places to eat.

Top 10 Things to Do With Children in London

Ceri Tinley | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

There are so many things for children to see and do when visiting London; it's sometimes hard to know where to start, especially if you are only in town for a few days. Perhaps our handy hints might help you decide...

Eight Ways to Find a Good Value Break During School Holidays

Alison Couper | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Couper

Now that the weeks of wind and rain we have all see this winter seem to be over, at least for now, it's natural to crave the sunshine and look forward to a holiday. But it can be challenging to find a good value break, particularly if you want to travel during peak periods.

The Forgotten Education of a Holiday

Kitiara Pascoe | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kitiara Pascoe

Nothing gets people talking more than the subject of children and parenthood however, one angle really got my attention. Jenny Willott, the consumer affairs minister, said holidays 'should not be at the expense of a child's education,' going on to mention the possible negative impact of missing school.

The School Holidays Parent Trap - Parliament's Debate

Travelzoo UK | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

Ultimately we want to end the Parent Trap, or at least make holidays a little more affordable, so more families can spend valuable time off together. We will be continuing with our campaign and would urge people to support our petition.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron Cools On Coalition

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Tuesday 25 February 2014... 1) CAMERON COOLS ON COALITION One of the most consistent criticisms of ...

Wrong To Take Children Out Of School For Cheap Holidays, Says Gove

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK

It is "wrong" for parents to take children out of school during term time to take advantage of cheaper holidays, education secretary Michael Gove has ...

Should Holiday Firms 'Cash In' On School Hols?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics

MPs are set to debate the impact of holiday firms' extra charges during school holidays on families after 170,000 people signed an e-petition calling ...

It's Time to Fight the Parent Trap

Travelzoo UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

The way I see it, parents are being corralled into extortionate holiday prices - they can't take their children out of school and summer family deals are few and far between - it's something I call the Parent Trap.