Over here they just don't have anything like that. Schools are a lot more relaxed and I hate it.
Their idea of security is telling the children 'if you see anyone suspicious roaming round the school that you do not recognise, tell a teacher immediately.' Yeah nice one..that'l really help.
I am a parent who is over protective, I know I am. I HATE the fact that there are only a few teachers on duty at lunchtimes, that they are allowed to go to the toilet during lesson times on their own, that they are allowed to play by the fence a few inches from the pavement outside of the school, that there is only a flimsy fence separating my daughter from the rest of the world, that parents or other adults don't have to immediately report to the office when they walk into the school, that the school is so open and gates are not always locked during the day....I hate all these things, but I know there isn't much I can do about them. I cannot homeschool my daughter...I know I have to let her go to school and be in situations I cannot control. I worry about her constantly.
But they are risks I have no control over. Leaving her in a playground for half an hour is something I do have control over. So when I am able to minimise the risk of something happening to her, I will do it.
I would be interested to know if the parents who would allow their child to play in the play area whilst they did a bit of shopping would also allow their child to run to the public toilets in a supermarket on their own...