As a teacher, I guess I take having the school holidays off with my kids for granted. There are lots of ways in which teaching is most definitely not family friendly but the school holidays? Yes, they’re a win.
I’ve been working on supply for the best part of five years now and of course with that comes significant flexibility – I can choose exactly when I do and don’t work – which turns out to be really quite lucky as, for the first time ever, the school I’m currently working in has a different half term to my own children. I’m sure February half-term is usually pretty standard but I’ve found lots of my friends have different holidays to me this time.
For the sake of childcare but more because I actually want to spend time with my kids, I took this last week off work. Yes we’ve lost a few days pay which isn’t ideal but, due to the flexible nature of my work, I can always book a few days in a different school next week to catch up. As it is, if I don’t get anything booked in I will take advantage of the chance to get caught up on my freelance work and make up the money that way instead!
Half term is always a busy holiday for us – so many people we want to see or places to visit and just a handful of days to do it in – not helped this year by the disjointed break. I usually try to factor in a “Calm Down Day” where we chill out at home and relax and often there will be a day of childcare booked in to give the kids a change of scene and me a chance to keep on top of my blogging or the house work. This half term we were treated to a day with Daddy too!
The holidays have flown by and I’m going to be more than a little sad to see my dudes go back off to school again tomorrow! How many weeks is it till Easter?