The recession has hit, the credit crunch has bitten, our bank accounts are far more often in the red compared to black, whichever way you appear at it…times are hard, and this implies more and more parents are taking their children out of school to be able to afford a family holiday.

The purchase price difference between term time holidays and breaks during school holidays will be laughable when it wasn’t so atrocious childrens holiday camps. A family group of four could save more than £1000 on a vacation to Spain, for example, if they travel even a couple of days before the institution breaks up.

Holidays in term time, however, are frowned upon by schools, so what’re parents supposed to complete??? Well legally students are allowed 10 authorized days off school annually, nevertheless the child’s school must grant permission to allow them to take it, and if families fly off regardless they can be fined anything between £100 and £2,500, making those cheap holidays to Spain, not cheap after all.

Some holiday companies are attempting to offer incentives for travelling during school holidays, offering 5% discount as an example, and although it will help, it still does not bring the purchase price as little as term time holidays. Thomson and First Choice also made extra free child places designed for the 2009 school summer holidays but it’s usually an incident to be quick of the marks to take advantage of one of these simple offers.

Will children miss a lot of education by taking 10 days off school? Is playing on the beach or by the pool of some Spanish hotel educational? Could it be a necessity? Are parents only considering themselves and a rest in sunlight, rather than what’s best for the youngsters?

It’s a debate that’ll re-ignite each year particularly as the summertime holiday season falls upon us, a debate which lots of people feel very strongly about, a debate that’ll perhaps only ever go away once the government outlaws peak and off peak pricing.