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The cost of school holidays for children from low income families

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/11/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Childhood
Issue number4
Volume25
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)516-529
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date31/05/18
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

School holidays can be stressful periods for children from low-income families. Poor provision of appropriate childcare, limited access to enrichment activities, and food insecurity mean that children’s health and well-being can suffer and their learning stagnate or decline. This article examines and documents the evidence that has emerged on this topic and aims to raise its profile and the impact on children’s lives. It makes the case for further academic scrutiny of this unexamined and neglected subject.