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    Default Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    I'm wondering what other people are doing/ are going to do in the following situation.
    My DD is going to be 11.5 when she starts high school.
    Im going to be working full time. So what happens to DD?
    There is no after school care in high school.

    Im a bit worried ... What do other people do?

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    Apparently it's illegal to let an under 12 stay home alone. My ds is 11 and a half, he stays home when I go to the shops, or once when I had a quick meeting which lasted an hour. What about a friend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyflower View Post
    Apparently it's illegal to let an under 12 stay home alone. My ds is 11 and a half, he stays home when I go to the shops, or once when I had a quick meeting which lasted an hour. What about a friend?
    I won't have anyone who is able to help at those times.
    There must be lots of people in my situation... Hmmm wonder what they do.

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    Default Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    It's not illegal.

    http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/docs...s/paralone.pdf

    OP, if you're uncomfortable leaving her alone would she have any friends whose parents would like to earn a little money just for having her come over in the afternoons?

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    Default Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    Child care centres take 6weeks to 12 years. I leave my son hon alone for short periods of time and he is 11 how long would she be on her own for? There is no way DS would go to a daycare he would flip out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bAaM View Post
    Child care centres take 6weeks to 12 years. I leave my son hon alone for short periods of time and he is 11 how long would she be on her own for? There is no way DS would go to a daycare he would flip out.
    Probably 2 hours.

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    Default Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    Is she responsible? Have a phone? Can contact you without any issues?

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    In QLD it is against the law. So maybe have a look into the law in your state.

    http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/legal...rotection.aspx

    If you read down the page it says about leaving a child unattended for an unreasonable amount of time.

    There have been a few news articles of parents in court lately because of this issue.

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    Default Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    2 hours is nothing of your in contact. Just teach her not to open the door or answer the phone unless it is you. If its your only option then it's your only option. I would do it if I was in that situation but I have awesome neighbours and have faith my boy is responsible enough. Maybe take her to a few child are centres to show her where she will go if she does the wrong thing lol

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    Default Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheerilee View Post
    In QLD it is against the law. So maybe have a look into the law in your state.

    http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/legal...rotection.aspx

    If you read down the page it says about leaving a child unattended for an unreasonable amount of time.

    There have been a few news articles of parents in court lately because of this issue.
    2 hours isn't unreasonable if there are action plans in place and it's the only option.


 

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