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Hello, I am wondering how are other nurseries dealing with staff holidays during term time and school holidays? We are full year, but mostly very busy in term times. We have both term time and full time staff.

Recently, 2 staff went on leave at same time from the same room, leaving the owner of the nursery very unhappy about the situation. She ended up paying a lot of money for overtime to the other staff.

 

As a result, we received a letter with some comments from the owner today of a holiday policy that :

 

- More than 1 staff will not be allowed to take annual leave during term time and will require prior consent from the manager. The managers will check if appropriate cover is available before granting the permission. Staff will be allowed to take time off for occasions such as birthday, death in the family,appointments etc. Term time staff are requested to take their leave during school holidays. During busy summer months and Sep, staff should book a full week rather than one-off days for holidays.

 

Is the above a reasonable policy for staff holiday as I like going on holiday during term time to save some money for flights? thanks

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Yes this is perfectly normal. We have a similar policy in that only 1 staff member can take holidays during term periods and most holidays are to be taken out of term periods. It is understandable that prices for holidays increase when out of term so we allow 5 days to be taken within term time but as mentioned only 1 staff member at a time and it can be a struggle to accommodate these requests at times :unsure:

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Yes this is perfectly normal. We have a similar policy in that only 1 staff member can take holidays during term periods and most holidays are to be taken out of term periods. It is understandable that prices for holidays increase when out of term so we allow 5 days to be taken within term time but as mentioned only 1 staff member at a time and it can be a struggle to accommodate these requests at times :unsure:

thank you BroadOaks.

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