To wish schools did a collection and delivery service, they could do it to raise funds for the school

(65 Posts)
RedCherryPie Tue 24-Jun-14 14:29:39

Say if you live within a ten min walk

You should be able to pay say a pound to have your child walked home

That would be so handy

As I have a baby asleep upstairs
And now I'm going to have to get the baby up just to go on use school run

Yes I could ask a friend to drop off my eldest, but I don't like to take advantage and would rather save favours for emergencys

CrystalSkulls Tue 24-Jun-14 14:32:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsWinnibago Tue 24-Jun-14 14:32:31

Lol. In your dreams! A fiver a week for what amounts to childminding!

AlpacaLypse Tue 24-Jun-14 14:32:43

Has anyone at your school ever talked about a 'walking bus'?

The primary nearest here has set one up, they start at one end of the housing estate and scoop children up as they go. Various parents take turns to be the ones at the front and the back monitoring the holding of hands in the crocodile etc etc.

gordyslovesheep Tue 24-Jun-14 14:33:15

agreed ! better still I could pay them to walk my kids 3 mins to the next school for after school club rather than having to change work hours to collect them when my CM quit!

MrsWinnibago Tue 24-Jun-14 14:33:32

Crystal so organise another one! They're usually put together by parents...not schools. The school supports them by offering safety advice and making them all wear high visibility jackets.

RedCherryPie Tue 24-Jun-14 14:34:19

It's not childminding it picking my eldest up from school

And walking her home which is less than five mins walk

A pound is a good deal for a five min walk surely

Ziggyzoom Tue 24-Jun-14 14:34:49

I can see the 'scooping up' on the way to school working. But what do you do on the way home when various parents take the piss don't get back from work on time?

RedCherryPie Tue 24-Jun-14 14:35:48

How Do walking buses work, do they drop off at he door, or just at the end of the street
As if you have to go to the end of huge street to drop n collect you 'might just as well just walk to the school

JenniferJo Tue 24-Jun-14 14:35:50

When I was teaching in the 70s the going rate for that was £1 - I'd say you need to up your offer, if you're serious.

AuntieStella Tue 24-Jun-14 14:37:19

I thought you meant for parcels!

Vastly preferable to waiting in for couriers.

RedCherryPie Tue 24-Jun-14 14:39:20

Yeah or stick them on a lorry lol

JohnCusacksWife Tue 24-Jun-14 14:41:45

If it's less than a 5 minute walk why can't she just walk home unaccompanied?

RedCherryPie Tue 24-Jun-14 14:43:08

She's only seven

MyFairyKing Tue 24-Jun-14 14:45:05

Ask around if there are any people in the same or next street as you. You could do a walking rota.

JenniferJo Tue 24-Jun-14 14:46:59

My DSs walked home on their own from the age of 7.

Notso Tue 24-Jun-14 14:49:17

DS1 was walking home at 7.

JohnCusacksWife Tue 24-Jun-14 14:50:52

As longs a your local roads aren't really busy I think a 7yr old is capable of walking such a short journey. Although it is scary the first time you let them!

Jinglebells99 Tue 24-Jun-14 14:51:33

Our primary had a walking bus to school just one day a week on Fridays. There were three different walking buses which went from 3 different points in town, so town hall, football club and church. You had to drop your child at point at 8.25 am and they would be walked the rest of the way. There was no homeward walking bus.

Tambajam Tue 24-Jun-14 14:52:48

I was thinking parcels too! That would be a great fund raiser for a school.

Diamondsareagirls Tue 24-Jun-14 14:53:05

I'm happy my school is focusing its efforts on educating my children. Getting them to and from school is my job as I'm their parent. Alternatively, as others have suggested, some parents could organise their own as a group.

Playmobilpeople Tue 24-Jun-14 14:57:48

At 7 our school wouldnt let a child leave without an adult. The minimum age for walking home alone is class 4.

steppemum Tue 24-Jun-14 15:01:15

ours are allowed to walk home from year 3

I would say, find someone else on your street and offer to take turns, that way it isn't so much of a favour.

CecilyP Tue 24-Jun-14 15:02:05

Why don't you advertise for someone to do it? If they are happy to do it for less than a pound, you could donate the change to school funds!

Ziggyzoom Tue 24-Jun-14 15:07:18

That makes sense jingles. It avoids the issue of still having 4 extra kids on hand once the 'bus' has reached its final destination!

CoffeeTea103 Tue 24-Jun-14 15:10:15

At a pound you have to be joking. Not worth it.

FishWithABicycle Tue 24-Jun-14 15:11:03

It's not a pound for 5 minutes work though - at the very least they have to walk back to school after dropoff so the time doubles. No-one would do this for just one child for just one pound, you'd need to have a decent number to make it worth doing. Say six kids minimum. Mustering six kids, dealing with the fact that one has forgotten their jumper and another has forgotten their bookbag, then walking a zig-zag route to each of 6 different houses all in the same general direction but not in a straight line, would take more than half an hour all-in and requires a level of competency and level-headedness that means you wouldn't want just anyone doing it, they would need to be CRB checked and have had some basic health&safety and first-aid training.

I don't think the schools would make any money at all offering a service like this. more likely a loss.

JenniferJo Tue 24-Jun-14 15:14:04

When I said the going rate was £1 in the 70s I should have made it clear that it was other parents doing the collecting.

ComposHat Tue 24-Jun-14 15:20:35

Seems a non-goer, it would only work for parents who were at home during the day but couldn't or didn't want to pick them up for whatever reason and were within easy walking distance

The costs alone would be prohibitive. Not to mention the admin and recruiting a member of staff (possibly two dependent on numbers) to work an hour in the morning and the evening? The wage, NI, insurance CRB check and training for that person would be expensive and a huge hassle for the school. So would be unlikely to generate money for school funds.

Who would sort out if the child had paid to be walked home or not? If they haven't paid who persues the parents? Is the child then just left to get home under their own scheme?

Who would plot the route and then re-plot it when people drop out/opt in to the scheme? What if the parent isn't in when the drop the child off, does everyone hang on until they show up and then field frantic phonecalls from parents whose children are late home? Or plough on leaving the child outside the house?

Why can't your child walk home herself? A mature seven year old should be capable of that.

AgaPanthers Tue 24-Jun-14 16:23:05

LOL @ £1.

Jinty64 Tue 24-Jun-14 16:30:05

Does your school have an after school club? You could use that if your baby naps in the afternoons. It will cost more than a pound though.

Sillylass79 Tue 24-Jun-14 16:34:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

neolara Tue 24-Jun-14 16:42:01

I thought you were going to suggest parents could give the school address to online retailers so goods could be delivered to the school. The parents wouldn't have to stay in all day to recieve the goods and they could collect them easily from school when they picked up the kids. This sounded like a totally brilliant idea! I would definitely pay for it.

ICanSeeTheSun Tue 24-Jun-14 16:47:44

Getting parcels delivered to the school is an amazing idea.

I think it would just be easier to put the baby in the pram, if it fully reclines.

I don't like the idea of a walking bus.

hellskitty Tue 24-Jun-14 17:03:14

I would imagine there would be some insurance in place for the walker, possibly training, and first aid too

RedCherryPie Tue 24-Jun-14 17:05:51

If a pounds is not enough

How much. Is enough

Goblinchild Tue 24-Jun-14 17:10:31

Walking buses are a great idea, but we had a few children turned down for collection when they didn't listen to the adults and nearly ended up as roadkill. I do agree that it's something parents and the PTA need to be involved in organising though.

WooWooOwl Tue 24-Jun-14 17:13:21

This is not the sort of thing schools should be concentrating their efforts on at all, if parents want it, then that's what the PTA is for.

It is nit a schools responsibility to worry about the inconvenience to your day of picking up or dropping your own child of at school, they kind of have enough to do what with educating children and all. Taking children to and from school is a parents job.

You could join the PTA and suggest it, but if you want it to happen then you are going to have to be instrumental in making it happen, small voluntary organisations don't usually take to kindly to having extra work suggested to them when it's unaccompanied by an offer of help, and it sounds like you'd rather just have other people do stuff for you.

BoneyBackJefferson Tue 24-Jun-14 17:22:37

Who are the school going to get to do this?

AgaPanthers Tue 24-Jun-14 17:53:56

Random paedos

Penvelope Tue 24-Jun-14 18:01:58

If your baby is due a nap in the afternoon just put them to sleep in their pram. Then if they're still asleep at pick up time you don't have to wake them. I do this all the time.

hesterton Tue 24-Jun-14 18:08:25

Couldn't you offer to do mornings for a neighbour and he or she could do afternoons?

bluebell345 Tue 24-Jun-14 18:17:02

there should be minibus services.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 24-Jun-14 18:19:18

Could you have your baby take later naps in the pushchair so if they sleep late they can just be wheeled out the door?

SixImpossible Tue 24-Jun-14 18:27:16

Mine always napped at pickup time. I became a dab hand at transferring them from cot to buggy without waking them (which takes some doing when you're 6m pregnant and carrying a sleeping 3yo downstairs!). And if they fell asleep in the buggy while walking home from somewhere, I just left them in it until pickup time.

I've never heard of a homeward walking bus, as what do you do if there's nobody at home?

indigo18 Tue 24-Jun-14 18:36:53

Don't know why some people bother having children.

Maidupmum Tue 24-Jun-14 18:37:16

God, I hope Mr Gove doesn't read Mumsnet... as a HT, I'll just add this to my never-ending list of task I am asked to do that should really be the responsibility of the parents hmm

Retropear Tue 24-Jun-14 18:56:22

Blimey in the old days babies coped with being picked up and put in a buggy for the school run. Are the 2014 varieties more fragile?

Families seem to get more needy by the month.hmm

ComposHat Tue 24-Jun-14 19:00:49

Yes, maybe if the op doubles her offer to two qiid yhe teachers will take the kid homd with them for thd evening.

Nomama Tue 24-Jun-14 19:02:48

Would you like us to arrange a route that allows us to wake them up, wash, dress and feed them too?

Maybe we could build a dorm for them to sleep in, to save them having to walk home at night and also, so we don't have to travel as far in the mornings... pshaw!!

CumberCookie Tue 24-Jun-14 19:08:12

Er yeah but that would mean paying extra staff - they'd probably have to be specially trained as well. Not that walking 5-10 mins down the road with a primary school child would be v.difficult but they'd have to be risk assessments (in case they were sued) and all sorts.

Your pound wouldn't go very far to pay for all that!

Dutch1e Tue 24-Jun-14 19:10:32

I think this is a brilliant earner for older kids at the same school. Surely a trustworthy 11 year old would want to earn 5 pounds a week for a few minutes walking out of their way?

ikeaismylocal Tue 24-Jun-14 19:11:30

Either put your baby down for a nap in the pushchair, or let your 7 year old walk home alone. It seems unnecessary to involve other people in this "problem".

IfNotNowThenWhen Tue 24-Jun-14 19:12:37

I wouldn't let my 8 year old walk the 7 mins home from school alone. He's on another planet mostly. He forgets halfway through whatever he was meant to be doing. Just thinking about him bimbling across the road with his mind a thousand miles away gives me the fear.

But, yeah, put the baby in the pram and don't be so daft.

clam Tue 24-Jun-14 19:21:08

I really don't think it's the school's job to organise delivery/collection of pupils for parents who basically can't organise their day to collect their own child a short distance.

Parents who work couldn't avail themselves of the service as they wouldn't be at home to wave off/receive the child, and I don't see the argument for SAHPs needing it. Surely one of the nicest benefits of being at home is the journey home with your kids, talking about their day?

ComposHat Wed 25-Jun-14 10:16:54

Even the delivering parcels to schools wouls be absolutely riddled with difficulties.

School admin quite rightly wouldn't see it as their job to become an agent for a distribution network and being on hand to reciieve parcels and passing them on to the right parent. Let alone sort out parcels thst aren't collected by parents or haven't been delivered.

Where would they store the parcels that would soon mount up? What if parents are busily ordering e-drugs, porn or replica weapons for delivery to school? You'd be okay with ghrm being on the premises?
I am amazed to the degree that people expect others to ease their passage through life and take on duties that are nothing to do with their job role in exchange for a pittance.

VegetarianHaggis Wed 25-Jun-14 10:39:19

I can see the benefit of the child delivery service.
If you are a parent working school hours the extra 20mins or so it would allow you to get home would be really useful.
It would be a PTA thing though - a donation. And I'd image the children would not be walked to the door but 'dropped off' at the end of roads.
Can image a few extra kids being told to tag along with the 'bus' though - getting a 'free ride'.

Goblinchild Wed 25-Jun-14 11:02:35

'If you are a parent working school hours the extra 20mins or so it would allow you to get home would be really useful.'

Unless you were delayed by something unforeseeable, then your infant is sitting on the doorstep awaiting collection. Like a parcel.
Unless it's been delivered to a random neighbour, also like a parcel.

VegetarianHaggis Wed 25-Jun-14 11:25:23

But if you were delayed your child would be sitting (for longer) at the school waiting too. What's the problem with a, say, seven year old having to to sit in the garden for 10 mins?
Obviously depends on your neighbourhood, child's maturity/age, weather etc.

clam Wed 25-Jun-14 18:22:59

Could someone please reassure me that the suggestion schools become holding centres for people's parcel delivery was a joke?!

pissedglitter Wed 25-Jun-14 18:30:25

Of course no Clam I think it's a brilliant idea wink

pissedglitter Wed 25-Jun-14 18:30:43


JsOtherHalf Wed 25-Jun-14 18:51:34

In DS's school the children are only let walk home from the last term of year 5, so most of them would be 10?

Fram Wed 25-Jun-14 18:59:40

sillylass (forgive me- I don't actually feel comfortable writing that!) - what will you do when the parents of the children you're dropping home aren't actually home, because, y'know they got held up elsewhere, or they popped to the shops, or they just plain don't care that they're inconveniencing you?

Official school after-care services charge £25 per 15 minutes late for a reason- because there are some parents that will be late every single day otherwise, because they're too self-centered to care about the impact it has on others.

Goblinchild Wed 25-Jun-14 19:56:01

Easy Fram, you'd adapt one of these a little grill in the front and an inbuilt gaming or DVD device.

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