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    Default what age is it acceptable for child to walk alone into classroom

    What age do you think it is acceptable for child alone to walk into classroom?

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    no roads, driveways etc to cross. Walk around 40 meters but pathway to classroom wraps around corridors etc so not really possible to watch child walk entire way.

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    I think it depends on the child. At my sons school plenty of kindies (5 yo) get dropped in the bus zone which fits your scenario, my son however is in year one and I wouldn't do it with him just yet.

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    A lot of my friends have to 'kiss & drop' from day 1 of school which means dropping their child off in the general 1 minute drop off zone and the parents can't walk them to the classroom. So, age 5 (or close to).

    My ds is 6 and as there is good parking at his school I walk him in. I would probably say that I'll wait til next year (when he starts year 1) to walk on his own from the car to the classroom, although most parents still do the drop off & pick up at his school for the Prep - 2's.

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    yeah, it does depend on the child. The little one is nearly 8, quite unsure of herself so it would be done kindly and with support e.g gradual release. Drop at door, next time the steps, next time a little further away etc.

    I wouldn't drop a 5 year old off and expect them to walk. Here in WA they (pre-primary age) need to be accompanied by an adult to the classroom.

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    I walked DD in ad met her at her class up until about 2-3 years ago, so 7-8 years old?

    She is also very unsure of herself and this helped lots in her gaining confidence to the point 18 months ago she asked if she could walk herself to school (only about 10 minute walk down a straight road, so I can watch her most of the way).

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    Ds1 is in year one and does this sometimes. He gets about 50 meters away from where I've parked and then he's out of sight. I usually wait for about 5 mind though incase he comes back.

    Compared to his first year of prep though I think this is a HUGE step for him and I'm happy to support and encourage it when he chooses to do it.

    It's up to the personality of the individual child though. I couldn't put an age on when I think it's ok or not to do so.

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    I always walked DD1 into school and waited until with her until she went into the classroom when she was in prep. In grade 1 I started to drop her off in the 'kiss and drop' zone and watch her walk up the school gate so we can wave goodbye to each other and I know she got safely into the school grounds. We still do this and she's in grade 2 now.

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    I've done it with DD occasionally when we've arrived late and finding a park, getting out and walking would make her even later. Not in the first term of prep as she probably would have freaked out, but once she was comfortable and familiar with the school then it was fine.

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    Last year from Term 2 DD1 (Year 2 - 7 years) and DS (Prep - 5 years) caught the bus to school, they were one of the last stops before the school, so about a 10 minute bus ride then they would walk to their classes themselves.

    New school this year, we have started using the drop off zone in the last few weeks so DD1 is Year 3 - 8 years, and DS is Year 1 - years.

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    My son is very independent but I liked walking him to class. Towards the end of year 1 he asked if he could walk to class himself from the school parking lot. From the parking lot I could see him go about half way to his class which was on the other side of the school....so yeah for the last term of yr 1 DS walked himself from the car.


 

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