School Holidays! Gah!

Ava’s school closed for 3 weeks of school holiday’s last week. It’s a fabulous school and she is very happy there! But it is a school that caters more towards homes with SAHM’s. A normal school day runs from 08h00 to 12h30 and after care is only until 15h00 with no holiday program.

These holiday’s kind of snuck up on me. With my 40th birthday party and a writing assignment, my mind was elsewhere and I never really gave too much thought as to what we were going to do with our little monkey when the holiday’s began.

Sure we have Loveness who will be there during the day to care of Ava. But she will get bored and she will get lonely and 3 weeks is a loooong time to be away from your friends.

Thankfully, there are some very clever Mom’s at our school and thankfully I am a rather forward Mom!

So when I picked her up on the last day of school, one of the clever mommies happened to mention to me that she had booked their assistant teacher to come to her home for the school holiday’s and run a holiday program of sorts, from her home for her son, Tristan, who also happens to be one of Ava’s very best BFF’s!

Not one to be shy I immediately asked how she’d feel about Ava joining their make shift holiday program and she was delighted!

So our two little monkey’s have spent the first week of their school holiday’s riding bikes, drawing, doing arts and crafts and having so much fun that when I collect Ava at midday she literally has to carried to the car by her arms while she thrashes her legs about and does mid-air running with her legs and screaming – I want to stay with Tristan, I want to stay with Tristan!


I’m utterly thrilled at how well this arrangement is working out for us. This week’s program was at Tristan’s house and next week they will be at our house. Teacher Juliet is an absolute gem, she keeps them busy and stimulated and makes sure they eat their mid-morning snacks and everyone is having the very best fun.

Best part of all, we’ve already organized for Teacher Juliet to do the same for us during the first few week’s of the loooong December holidays!

<5 Clever Mom’s!





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  • Reply Sue Stuart

    Great idea! Fortunately Katy’s school is open during all but the December holidays, however with Clamber Club and Kindermusik taking a break, and my decision not to swim during winter, our afternoons are getting very long! If you’d like an afternoon playdate just shout!

    June 28, 2012 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Julia

    Now THAT was SUPER clever. What a great idea!

    June 28, 2012 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Melinda

    Clever mommy indeed!!!

    June 28, 2012 at 10:57 am
  • Reply blackhuff

    I’m glad that things have worked out for you and some other moms too.
    I don’t like schools like these. I can’t understand them – what should a parent who works full time, do with their small children when they do decide to close for school holidays? Take to work? Out of the question for many parents.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Laura

    What a clever idea that is!!!!!

    June 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Cat@jugglingactoflife

    Brilliant moms! Inso happy that the boys’ school is so geared towards us working moms

    June 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply Lisa-Marie

    That is so awesome! We are lucky in that Isabella’s school does not close at all throughout the year -but only at year end, for about a month. So usually, parents are on leave at that time anyway.

    July 2, 2012 at 6:51 am
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