Edinburgh Bank Holiday: Parents say extra school holiday after Queen's death is at too short notice
Parents are complaining that adding an extra day to the October school holiday at short notice is causing them a childcare headache.
He said: "It's literally just two weeks to the break and I've had quite a number of parents contact me to say, how are working parents meant to provide for this with such short notice?
"I don't think anyone's against them having a holiday, but why not add it on sometime next year?
"To give parents only two weeks' notice to find childcare suggests the council is thinking more about teachers than parents.
"The email only came out on Friday to parents and they now have to run around to make arrangements, perhaps having to take a day's holiday - but they may have meetings already planned.
"It just shows a lack of thinking by the council if they assume parents can suddenly drop everything with little notice."
He suggested the extra day could instead be added to the Christmas holiday or Easter or one of next year's bank holidays around May.
A council spokesperson said: “Due to the funeral of Her Majesty the Queen last month several local authorities lost a scheduled holiday so the Scottish Government granted an additional day as a replacement.
"In Edinburgh this has been added onto the October break with parents/carers informed last week, giving them over three weeks’ notice. We apologise for any additional inconvenience caused by this unforeseen readjustment of the school year.”