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
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!
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.
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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"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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