We are wanting to take our son out of prep for several weeks to travel in our caravan. We aren’t worried about this having a negative impact on him academically, nor are we concerned about the social impact with his peers. I’ve heard over the years that schools and teachers usually support families taking time to travel, and feel that wonderful learning can happen from these experiences outside the classroom? I hope this is correct. My husband and I have planned to take him out during the least impacted time of the term, but I still have this somewhat guilty feeling for my son, particularly when reading the overall attendance record and then seeing the absent days he will have had for the whole year. I guess being someone who doesn’t like to give less than 100% might be why I’m dwelling on this minor issue? How many days off school have you taken for a family holiday? Has your school ever refused a family holiday?

Posted anonymously, 21st August 2019

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  • We took holidays during prep – don’t sweat it it’s completely fine!

  • We liaised with the school about school work when we took an extended trip. The trip and educational and cultural experiences increased their knowledge.

  • It is unlikely for the school to refuse. Is there a way you could align it with school holidays though? Every day at school is important. However chat to your child’s teacher and see what you can do to support your child on your holiday. If done right, travelling can be a great educational experience.

  • I think it depends on the age of the child primary school not such a problem so long as he’s doing well and won’t end up behind

  • I’m a teacher and understand how expensive it is to go during school holidays as I have to do this with my family. Going on holidays can be a fabulous and rewarding learning experience if you encourage your child to write a diary, read signs and information about your holiday, count different things along the way, look at how much things cost etc.
    If you are concerned with what they are missing ask their teacher to collective you some work or they could collect the work the class does and you could catch up when you get back.

  • I agree with the other answer comments. I have taken my children out of school to go on a holiday. The High School was not impressed but we still went. As long as you have a discussion with their teachers and get some work for them to do while away, it should be fine.

  • My daughter took two days off to attend her uncle’s wedding in Queensland. If you don’t think it will effect him academically I wouldn’t worry.

  • We have taken our children on holidays for 2 weeks and we also got some work from the school. They didn’t mind and said it would be a great experience for them. Don’t feel guilty about it.

  • We do get a family holiday every few years. As my parents and family live in another country. We need to fly there also airfare is really expensive for 5 people. Last time we got 2 weeks off from school for my 3 kids. Next year we are planning to do the same.

  • We took Mr 6 (kinder) and miss 8 out of school for a trip to NZ in March they had 12 days off school, they learnt and experienced so much, and they teachers were happy/excited for them both.

  • I’ve never had the chance to go on a family holiday at any time, but I have seen some families at the Primary School here do it without a problem from anyone. Some seem to do it yearly. Better now while you can, before the more hectic days of High School etc.

  • Definitely a minor issue, it will be a good learning experience for the child and if you are really concerned you can actually ask for “home work” as such so he doesn’t fall behind

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