I have spent the last few weeks chewing over the pre-Christmas announcement that the Royal Wedding would be an ‘extra bank holiday’ and would not be on a Saturday (like everyone else who gets married?!) but on a Friday in April.
Undoubtedly this announcement will please those in the public sector who still have a job, as they will get an extra paid day of leave and can take advantage of the other very close bank holidays over Easter and the early May bank holiday. However, at risk of sounding like Scrooge, it is not that easy for most private businesses.
We will already have a very short April, with Good Friday and Easter Monday, then May also sees us lose 2 days of trading whilst paying staff. In a business which has significant staff costs, and is struggling to keep fees down for parents, we simply can not afford to have another holiday in April. I have decided that we will offer business as usual at most of our nurseries, as parents have also started to ask whether we will be open, as many of them will be working too. It is no longer quite as simple as announcing that the whole country will have the day off – I imagine many retailers will see it as an extra shopping day, when they will try and make up for some of the lost sales caused by the snow just before Christmas.
Instead, we will try and concentrate on the sentiments behind the day itself and indulge in some ‘street parties’, dressing up as princes and princesses and introducing children at the nurseries to some of our royal history. It will be a fun day and a chance to celebrate our British culture, whilst ensuring that those who are working can access childcare as usual. I hope you will approve of our decision, and even better, will don your best Pearly King or Queen outfits and come in for a jolly good knees up on the day!