An increasing number of parents are choosing to continue sending their kids to vacation care despite being on leave from work…
A confused mum has taken to Mumsnet to ask whether it is acceptable to continue sending children to vacation care if you have taken leave from work. The mum says that after asking her friends for their opinion on the issue, she was met with conflicting views, and is undecided about what is best for her family.
Sensible or Selfish?
The mum said that her friends had only added to her confusion about what was acceptable, particularly for stay at home parents or parents who work term time only. “Person A thinks putting your children into vacation care for any amount of time is not ok because you don’t need to – that if you’re off work or don’t work, they should be with you,” she wrote. “Person B thinks that if the kids are happy to go, and you can afford it, it’s absolutely fine. Person C thinks if you are a stay at home parent of school age children it’s not ok as you have loads of time off in term time, but if you work… it’s ok because you probably need a couple of days off too.”
It’s Up To You
Comments on the mum’s post emphasised the need for each family to do what is right for them. “People should do whatever is right for their families without worrying about other’s judgement or some imaginary rules,” one wrote. “Loads of children go to these clubs because they want to, they mix with other kids, they keep active and have fun,” said another. Others, however, disagreed. “This probably won’t be popular but I do get miffed when parents who either stay at home full time or have term time jobs take up spaces in vacation care which are so essential to working parents who can’t get the time off.”
While spending time with your kids as much as possible over the holiday period is important, we can also understand the challenge of entertaining them 24/7. We think if they enjoy going to vacation care, even for a day or two during the break, it can give parents some much needed down time and a chance to prepare for the upcoming term.
Do you think it’s wrong to send your kids to vacation care if you are on leave? Let us know in the comments.