Kids home for longer at Easter
THE countdown to the Easter school holidays is already on - 22 more sleeps - and parents are being reminded their children will be home longer this year.
This year the break will span two weeks, running from March 31 until April 15.
Department of Education regional director Greg Dickman said the changes would see three pupil-free days cut from the school holidays extended from six days to two weeks.
He said the longer break was designed to ease strain on both parents and students.
"The changes follow feedback that long first terms are tiring, especially for younger students, student-free days scattered throughout the year were disruptive for working parents, and that the current Easter holidays did not align with many non-state school vacations," Mr Dickman said.
"Having two weeks at Easter means that it is possible to have more regular, 10-week terms and that is good for parents, teachers and students.
"This will mean less disruption for families and more help for parents to plan for holidays and childcare needs, while still giving teachers essential time to plan, boost professional development and keep our classrooms at the cutting edge."
A pupil-free day will remain on October 22.
Working parents who usually utilise the WIRAC holiday program will have to find another way to occupy their children during the extended Easter break.
The centre will not be offering the program during that time, with the pools and sports courts closing for maintenance from March 31 to April 16.
The gym will remain open.