Primary school holidays 2021/22: Your planning guide

Everything is beginning to open up again and we’re starting to make tentative plans. We know nothing is set in stone yet, but it might be time to start becoming cautiously optimistic. We’re looking to next year for international travel and dreaming of mini breaks around Europe; Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast, France’s quaint towns and villages and Spain’s glittering seaside cities.

But before we can make these dreams a reality, we need to do a little planning. With this last school year so disrupted, we’re a little hesitant to book anything too major in case the school holidays get messed up this year. There’s still a lot of uncertainty out there about the next year, but the Department of Education have released a standardised schedule for the holiday breaks for the school year of 2021/22, which makes it a little easier to look ahead.

It’s important to note that every school is different and may have their own schedule – this is simply what is being advised by the Department.

October 2021 mid-term break

Witch Mom and Daughter

All schools will close from Monday 25th October 2021 to Friday 29th October 2021 inclusive.

Christmas 2021

All schools will close on Wednesday 22nd December 2021, which will be the final day of the school term. All schools will re-open on Thursday 6th January 2022.

February 2022 mid-term break

All primary schools will close on Thursday 24th February 2022 and Friday 25th February 2022. (Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break for the period from Monday 21st February 2022 to Friday 25th February 2022 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.)

Easter 2022

Kids Having Fun with Easter Eggs

All schools will close on Friday 8th April 2022 which will be the final day of the school term, unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 13th April 2022. All schools will re-open on Monday 25th April 2022.

Start and end dates will depend on various factors and will vary school to school. But there's no harm in grabbing the calendar and starting a little planning - even for a staycation!




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