Hi I'm wondering if anyone can help me with this query. We're planning having a baby soon and I'm going to be doing supply again for the next academic year. I've been working for several agencies but paid through Key, an umbrella company, who are therefore classed as my one employer (UK based). I've been working for them since end of February and I've worked every week except school holiday weeks since then. I've read all about SMP rules and entitlements on all the relevant websites (need 26 weeks continuous service etc etc) and read lots of old posts on here but I still can't get an answer to my particular query: If the agency has no work to offer me during school holidays (and I'm particularly thinking about the 6 week summer hols here) will I still be classed as having continuous service? What I'm wondering is whether I will have to start building up continuous service weeks again from September if the 6 week holidays classes as a break in continuous service. Does anyone know the answer to this from their own experience? (I know it says in the rules that if the agency don't have work to offer it doesn't class as a break but the summer is a long period so I don't know if this is still the case). Also, do the 26 weeks continuous service include school holiday weeks or is it 26 weeks excluding the school holiday weeks? (And therefore more weeks are needed in total to be entitled). If anyone has experience of successfully claiming SMP from their agency/umbrella company, could you please let me know the answer to these queries? Any advice is gratefully received as I'm reluctant to let my employer know about a planned pregnancy!