When do kids break up from school? Easter half term 2022 dates

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  • With the end of March nigh, many parents are wondering when do kids break up from school for the Easter half term 2022?

    It might feel like they’ve only just gone back to school after the February half term. But after a month and a half back, it’s safe to say that kids are looking forward to further time off in April and the promise of those sweet, chocolately, Easter eggs.

    Thankfully with Spring now officially here, the weather has picked up outside – meaning there’s plenty of fun things to do with kids both in and out the house. Be that a trip to a theme park or a family picnic whilst exploring a National Trust property. Though of course, there’s still some cheap rainy-day activities to try too, should the heavens decide to open during the holiday. We share the break-up dates for schools across the UK alongside lots of handy ideas to help keep them busy.

    When do kids break up from school for Easter half term 2022?

    In England, kids will break up from school on Friday 1 April for the Easter half term. Whilst Wales breaks up a week later for their holidays on Friday 8 April. Schoolchildren in both England and Wales receive a full two weeks off school during this break. Plus bank holiday Easter Monday which falls on 18 April.

    This differs from pupils in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Easter half term in Scotland begins on Monday 4 April and lasts until Friday 15 April, with kids returning to school on the following Monday. As for Northern Ireland, schools break up on Wednesday 13 April and pupils aren’t expected back until Monday 25 April.

    a table showing the different Easter half term dates across the UK

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    2021-2022 school holidays and term dates

    The following school holiday and term dates for the academic year 2021-2022 represent the majority of schools. Though it’s always advised to check these dates directly with your child’s school.

    England:

    • Spring school term: Monday 21 February to Friday 1 April 2022.
    • Easter holidays: Monday 4 April to Monday 18 April 2022 (*Easter Monday bank holiday)
    • Spring school term resumes: Tuesday 19 April to Friday 27 May 2022.
    • Half term: Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June 2022.
    • Summer school term: Monday 6 June to Friday 22 July 2022.

    Check individual school term dates in England here.

    Wales:

    • Spring school term: Monday 28 February to Friday 8 April 2022.
    • Easter holidays: Monday 11 April to Friday 22 April 2022 (*Easter Monday bank holiday)
    • Spring school term resumes: Monday 25 April to Friday 27 May 2022.
    • Half term: Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June 2022.
    • Summer school term: Monday 6 June to Friday 22 July 2022.

    Check individual school term dates in Wales here.

    Scotland:

    • Spring school term: Monday 16 February to Friday 1 April 2022.
    • Easter holidays: Monday 4 April to Friday 15 April 2022.
    • Summer school term: Monday 18 April to Thursday 30 June 2022. (*exception of the May Day bank holiday – 2 May).

    Check individual school term dates in Scotland here.

    Northern Ireland:

    • Spring school term: Monday 21 February to Wednesday 13 April 2022.
    • Easter holidays: Thursday 14 April to Friday 22 April 2022.
    • Summer school term: Monday 25 April to Thursday 30 July 2022. (*exception of the May Day bank holiday – 2 May).

    Check individual school term dates in Northern Ireland here.

    Things to do during Easter half term:

    There’s plenty of activities to try that ensure some quality time together. Be that a day out with the whole family or some free crafts to keep them busy at home. And of course celebrating Easter itself brings about a whole host of plans too.

    Get their creative juices flowing in the kitchen with one of these best Easter recipes that are cheap and easy to bake. You could even come together and make your own chocolate Easter eggs if the mood takes you. There’s also a host of Easter crafts for kids to attempt, with fun DIY decorations that will jazz up any Easter egg hunt.

    a little girl doing an Easter egg hunt during school break

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    As for getting out and about, older children will love a day out to one of the UK’s best theme parks like Alton Towers or Thorpe Park. History buffs should explore some of the best UK castles or consider a National Trust visit. Whilst animal lovers will love a trip to the zoo or local aquarium. Rainy day activities could include a trip to the bowling alley, cinema or a soft play area.

    Families looking to take a trip further afield should swat up on our regional Family Days Out guides too…

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