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    Quote Originally Posted by bAaM View Post
    Is she responsible? Have a phone? Can contact you without any issues?
    This isn't going to happen for another 2 years.
    Im just wondering now because I have to organize a high school next year (out of area) and have to make sure the bus service runs near our place.
    She is 9.5 now and responsible. She has a phone and I trust her.

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    Default Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    I'm sure she would be fine to stay home on her own. Presumably by the time she gets home it is going to be only a couple of hours until you get home? She can make herself a snack, watch some tele, start her homework (though in reality that will probably be eat junk on way home, FaceTime a friend, argue about homework when you get home!)

    Have a few practices with her staying home on her own for short times over the summer so it doesn't freak her out when school starts

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    Default Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    Also, would have been mortified to go to 'daycare' in high school and I can picture kids being teased mercilessly for it...don't put her through it!

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    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.
    So why don't schools provide after school care or supervised study time in high school?
    What are working parents supposed to do?

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    Default Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    Over the next 2 years you may be able to identify another child in her class going to the same school whose parents could help. The primary school may be able to help facilitate something as it draws closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bAaM View Post
    2 hours isn't unreasonable if there are action plans in place and it's the only option.
    I was just giving the information as it stand in Queensland. It is up to the parents what they want to do with the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janesmum123 View Post
    So why don't schools provide after school care or supervised study time in high school?
    What are working parents supposed to do?
    My son's high school does. The school day ends at 2.20 and the Study Centre is open from then until 4.30 and they are fully supervised with teacher aides to assist with homework, exam prep etc yes:

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    Default Re: Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    The docs risk of harm assessment guidelines says in supervision that 8-9 can be left for 2hrs as long as they are able to call another adult if they need help and know how to stay safe eg not open the door etc. From 10-14 its 12hrs and not between 10pm and 6am. The qld stuff that has been posted just says unreasonable time it doesn't say they can't be left at all.

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    Default Leaving an 11yr old home alone?

    "It is a criminal offence to leave a child under 12 unattended for an unreasonable time without making reasonable provision for the supervision and care of the child. There is no fixed rule about what is reasonable in an individual case."

    Very sketchy description here. Not cut and dried "illegal" at all.


 

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