Canterbury and Whitstable MP Rosie Duffield is risking attracting the wrath of schoolchildren by suggesting that the six-week school summer holiday be scrapped.
But she believes a shorter holiday will benefit hard-pressed families who struggle to cope with paying for childcare over the extended break.
Ms Duffield, the Labour MP since June of last year, says the current system is out of date and advocates rearranging the academic year to make it easier for parents.
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Her “years working in primary schools and as a parent and a single mother” meant that she understood the stresses placed upon parents over the summer, she said.
However, some parents welcome the longer break, which is also popular with teachers who welcome the time to recharge their batteries.