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    Default Prep walking to school??

    Wasn't sure where to put this so mods feel free to move it!

    My silly piece of junk car has decided to poop itself today, it's under warranty but will probably take a while before they actually fix it!
    Anyway my daughter has just started prep this year so is 5 and I'm just wondering if anyone else walks with their prep kid to school? Google maps says it's about a 26 minute walk but I'd probably leave even earlier so we can walk slowly.
    My concern is that she will be stuffed before she even gets to school and then walking home will be a struggle because she will be tired.
    If anyone has done this and their kid has coped/not coped I want to know!!

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    Default Prep walking to school??

    My mum has never driven so she walked us to school from kindy age onwards. She carried our bag until we were in about year 3, then we had to carry our own.
    Never did us any harm, I remember it quite fondly

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    Default Prep walking to school??

    What about bike riding?
    A few of our little ones come to school in those bike carriage trailer things

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    Default Prep walking to school??

    She is a massive 5 year old so unfortunately she hasn't fit into a pram for ages but the bus is a great idea, I'll definitely look into that!

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    Default Re: Prep walking to school??

    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfishie View Post
    My mum has never driven so she walked us to school from kindy age onwards. She carried our bag until we were in about year 3, then we had to carry our own.
    Never did us any harm, I remember it quite fondly
    Yep, this^ except we had to carry our bags from day dot..lol
    Although i guess we were use to walking as it's what we had always done.

    If your car is under warranty won't the company you bought it from pay for a hire care for you? When my car died, hyundai had it for 5 weeks and they were responsible for organising and paying for a hire car.

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    I think a half hour walk is quite reasonable for a child, but you should test it to see how long it really takes.

    It takes half an hour to walk my kids to the local school, but 20 minutes for me to walk it alone, or 40 minutes for the kids to do so together (but without me).

    My DD6 had no problem walking it but she is a very active child. My DD2 (now 16yo) couldn't handle a 500m walk to pre-school (before prep existed) so I had to take her in the pram.

    I know the default for translink is to estimate walking speed at 4km an hour, so if that is the case, then it is probably 1700m, which I think is quite a distance for a small child. If it is really that far away, I would consider using a pram or bike to help your child along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeganMum View Post
    Wasn't sure where to put this so mods feel free to move it!

    My silly piece of junk car has decided to poop itself today, it's under warranty but will probably take a while before they actually fix it!
    Anyway my daughter has just started prep this year so is 5 and I'm just wondering if anyone else walks with their prep kid to school? Google maps says it's about a 26 minute walk but I'd probably leave even earlier so we can walk slowly.
    My concern is that she will be stuffed before she even gets to school and then walking home will be a struggle because she will be tired.
    If anyone has done this and their kid has coped/not coped I want to know!!
    It would depend on how much walking your DD is used to. If you don't often do that long a walk then it probably is a bit far for her. If she's used to it at other times she'll be fine. Just make sure to take water for her to drink to and from.

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    What about one of those tricycles with the handle....at least then she could have a rest and it would be fun for her?

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    I have had occasions where I've had to walk children two hours to school. (Car broke down so there was no other option - we walked one hour to the high school, then a second hour from the high school to the primary school, then I walked a third hour back home again.)

    In the afternoon, I walked to the primary school and walked those children back home again, and left the high school child to walk with a friend.

    They whinged and complained and hated it, but it didn't hurt them and they still functioned at school fine.
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    Scooters would be great! At my school I've seen mums on a scooter with their kids also on a scooter!!!


 

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