school escort? need someone to drive ds to his school 2 miles away

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Hotpotatofood Sat 20-Apr-13 22:00:45

my DS has got a place in a school 2 miles away. we are both working and cannot take him. if we choose cm in the area of the school - we would have to drop him off at 7.20 am in order for me to manage to go to work, which would mean leaving house 7.00 am -I think it s too early and too tiring for ds. my mum helps me with childcare so she can stay at home with my DS in the morning and I just need to arrange for someone to take him in a car? say, leave house at 8.15 to get to school by 8.45 am. is there such thing like escort to school - someone driving him to school? or are there any other ideas how I can get him to school? public transport - 2 buses, so probably too tiring for 4 year old...please help me with ideas

sarahandemily Sat 20-Apr-13 22:06:20

My dp used to have a taxi business and he did a lot of regular school runs. You could try this but not sure how pricey it would be. Anyone else in the area you could share the cost with

howshouldibehave Sat 20-Apr-13 22:12:59

Were you allocated this school despite applying for more local ones? If so, you may be entitled to funding for transport. If you have opted for this one, then probably not. Taxi? Or findng a willing local mum who goes the journey and paying her petrol money? Are there other local children who travel to this school?

Hotpotatofood Sat 20-Apr-13 22:18:19

do not know any mums yet - I suspect there will be not so many mums as we are wa out of parish boundaries. i chose this school for catholic element but now can see that we will struggle with the school run and soooo worried that that it will not work out and we will need to go on a waiting list for a more local one...

iPadTypo Sat 20-Apr-13 22:18:30

What about a a nanny? She could do a few things around the he's while ds is in school. Of ds' of course, his washing etc? Just to make the hours worth while? A friend of mine used to do this. Or a mothers helper type person?

Hotpotatofood Sat 20-Apr-13 22:20:30

dp you mean to get a nanny who could drive ds to school and then stay in the house and do some bits?

Earlybird Sat 20-Apr-13 22:22:26

Arrange a standing booking with a taxi service.

Hotpotatofood Sat 20-Apr-13 22:23:39

will someone ( adult ( need to be with DS in a taxi or is it legally ok to send DS in a taxi to school?

SanityClause Sat 20-Apr-13 22:23:47

I know that there is a woman who works as a childminder near us who does lots of school runs. I have seen her with lots of children picking up and dropping off at DD2's school, and DS's. Perhaps you could see if there are any local childminders who will do this.

Hotpotatofood Sat 20-Apr-13 22:25:29

can CM work for 2 different schools? it menas they will be late picking up some of the children, if the timing is the same for schools?

Chocovore Sun 21-Apr-13 15:00:53

Someone will need to drop off you little one into the care ofnthe teacher. Can your mum go with him in a taxi?

hm32 Sun 21-Apr-13 17:36:08

Could they walk? Or cycle? Scooter for the child perhaps?

difficultpickle Sun 21-Apr-13 17:42:10

Depends how much energy he has. Ds at that age was dropped at school at 7.30am and sometimes (in fact more often than not) not collected until 6.15-6.30pm. He was tired when he first started school (they all are even if they are just doing the standard school day) but after two or three weeks settled into his new routine well.

Personally I wouldn't put a 4 yr old alone in a taxi unless I knew the taxi driver was CRB checked. It is worth checking as some of the taxi companies where we live take schoolchildren to school.

If you don't want to drop off early then why can't your mum take him in a taxi and then it could drop her back to her house.

Hotpotatofood Sun 21-Apr-13 21:18:38

Ok. That is a thought. Ideally, would prefer to find one person who could do driving and giving ds to the handsdr of teacher. Say, leave house 8.00 to be at school at 8.15 am. Do you think i can find such person?

mumblechum1 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:23:32

I suggest that you contact the school and if they know of any staff or other parents who live in your area. If so, ask them to pass on a note/email/whatever with your details asking if they'd be prepared to collect your ds from home every morning and take him to school for a fee.

I'd suggest £20 a week as the minimum.

mumblechum1 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:24:06

The parents don't have to have a child in the same year as yours, of course, which widens your options.

TheChaoGoesMu Sun 21-Apr-13 21:27:48

Contact the council and see what taxi providers they use for social care transport. They are normally just ordinary taxi firms who would have crb checked staff. You might be able to make a private arrangement to have the same driver each day.

Kewcumber Sun 21-Apr-13 21:33:54

I assume you mum doesn't drive. but couldn't you arrange a standing taxi to take her and ds to school and drop her back again. wouldn't be any more e pensive than a cm probably and nicer for ds. our school expects an adult to escort children to the classroom door (in playground) would a taxi driver do that?

Kewcumber Sun 21-Apr-13 21:38:00

my cousin is a taxidriver I can't imagine he'd take responsibility for a four year old 9+ maybe but not a four year old in their first term at school. Lots of children wobble about going to school in the mornings at some point in the first six months - can't imagine letting a taxi driver deal with it.

redandwhitesprinkles Sun 21-Apr-13 21:39:57

My dad is a taxi driver but works for a company that has the social services contract for the city. They have to drop off to special schools(so see kids in) so I dont see a major problem if the driver had to go into school, but this would obviously be covered in the fare (waiting time).

redandwhitesprinkles Sun 21-Apr-13 21:40:27

My dad is a taxi driver but works for a company that has the social services contract for the city. They have to drop off to special schools(so see kids in) so I dont see a major problem if the driver had to go into school, but this would obviously be covered in the fare (waiting time).

NickNacks Sun 21-Apr-13 21:42:25

Can you not rejig working hours? I cannot imagine packing my 4 yr old off in a taxi so it must be tough. One of you could start later and finish later?

wonderingagain Sun 21-Apr-13 21:49:16

I would seriously condider the waiting list for a school nearby. Your life could become very complicated for the next 7 years. Weigh up the pros and cons. God won't mind if you don't choose his school!

christinarossetti Sun 21-Apr-13 22:08:27

I wish you'd thought through your school application a little more - it sounds like you being allocated your first preference of a school 2 miles away which you hadn't seen is causing you a headache now.

The best solution at the moment seems to be for your mum to take him to and from school somehow.

difficultpickle Sun 21-Apr-13 22:11:44

If your mum is going to be at your home in the morning then why can't she accompany your ds? If it is because you have younger children then she'll just have to take them with her, pretty usual for those families with more than child.

Hotpotatofood Sun 21-Apr-13 22:13:25

Can i find a chold minder who could drive him to school? And my mum picking him up by bus from school?

christinarossetti Sun 21-Apr-13 22:15:28

Well, you could try but most child minders look after a number of children and if they do school drop offs, it will be to local schools.

It's more a nanny or au pair that would do a special trip for your ds - how much are you budgeting?

difficultpickle Sun 21-Apr-13 22:48:31

Surely it would be cheaper for you mum to take him by taxi than paying for a CM to take him?

clam Sun 21-Apr-13 23:03:22

You cannot expect to drop a child off into the hands of the teacher at 8.15 in the morning! They are doing a million and one other things at that time preparing for the day and cannot childmind for you.

seeker Sun 21-Apr-13 23:08:55

I know this is a daft thing to say- but what on earth did you think you were going to do when you applied??

snice Sun 21-Apr-13 23:13:03

I agree with clam-no-one is going to be available to take yr child at 8.15 unless there is a paid breakfast club at the school. At our school the doors from the playground don't open till 8.50

5318008 Sun 21-Apr-13 23:17:35

lot of CM don't pick up from the child's home as there can be insurance issues around providing a taxi-type service (I forget the terminology)

seeker Sun 21-Apr-13 23:27:40

Is it worth asking our local schools if they have a place?

Hotpotatofood Mon 22-Apr-13 06:38:40

yes, I have a younger son - he will be 16 months in September. if my mum took younger one in the taxi - then there is a question on child seats...? too complicated probably? will taxi have child seats? the main reason for the school is that it is catholic and if we want the secondary catholic - this is important aspect that child needs to attend catholic school. i know it is a big sacrifice but in present time in london when there is such a big competition maybe I need to sacrifice? on the other hand, there is a local school nearby CoE, so if I really stuck - I can put myself on a waiting list

scaevola Mon 22-Apr-13 06:45:32

Read the OP: it's leave house at 8:15, arrive school at 8:45.

Would your DM be able to accompany him in a minicab?

BeckAndCall Mon 22-Apr-13 06:47:51

And I assume you've looked at adjusting your working hours? Maybe you can change to starting an hour later and yourDH can finish earlier or the other way around?

seeker Mon 22-Apr-13 07:22:36

Are you sure about the admissions criteria for the Catholic secondary? I would check those before I made any decisions. my understanding is that catholic primary is not usually a requirement.

clam Mon 22-Apr-13 07:33:37

scaveola The OP said at 21:18 last night: "Ideally, would prefer to find one person who could do driving and giving ds to the hands of teacher. Say, leave house 8.00 to be at school at 8.15 am."

difficultpickle Mon 22-Apr-13 07:54:26

At ds's old school they run a breakfast club (albeit no breakfast provided) from 7.30am. That was the deciding factor on why he went to that school (his CM changed her mind about doing the school run so I had to find a different school).

If parents dropped off children before 8.30 they were automatically charged for breakfast club.

SilverBellsandCockleShells Mon 22-Apr-13 08:23:22

My children get bussed two miles to school every day for an annual fee equivalent to about a pound a day each. It's worth checking with the council whether they can provide anything but the service is only available to my children as they are piggy-backing on other children who are entitled to free transport.

scaevola Mon 22-Apr-13 08:54:53

Yes, clam but I took "ideally" to mean exactly that, an ideal, but that the pragmatic limitation was that in OP.

In London, where the secondaries can be extremely variable, if this primary has a close feeder link to one you'd be happy with, then it might be worth putting up with this logistic nightmare.

JollyPurpleGiant Mon 22-Apr-13 08:58:48

Why can your mum not walk with him to school? 2miles is really not very far.

noblegiraffe Mon 22-Apr-13 09:04:20

Are you thinking it's too tiring because you would need to leave the house at 7 or because he'd have an hour with a childminder before school?

If it's just getting up early, then an earlier bedtime might help?

tiggytape Mon 22-Apr-13 09:10:32

seeker - OP is right about needing a Catholic primary to get into Catholic secondaries on London.
The popular Catholic schools in London require baptism before 6 months, First Holy Communion, weeky mass attendance and spending all of primary education in a Catholic primary school.

The reason for the ctrict criteria is that hundreds and hundreds of true Ctholics apply and they need to whittle them down

I agree though that this seems a huge sacrifice to go through to get to a Catholic secondary school that may or may not be any good and may or may not have the same admssion criteria in 7 years time.

It isn't just getting to and from school - although that will be hassle enough - it is snow days and parents' evenings and the days when the school call to tell you to pick him up as he feels sick and concerts and the days he forgets his PE kit..... for 7 years!

sashh Mon 22-Apr-13 09:10:55

Have you thought about asking at church?

Sometimes there are funds for this sort of thing and even if there aren't then they may be another parent living locally.

Katnisscupcake Mon 22-Apr-13 09:33:34

My DSis uses a taxi for two of her DCs and a couple of the other pupils in their village. They all split the cost between them.

The taxi driver also sees the youngest (reception class) into school and on pick-up, waits at the school gate for all of the children to come out.

It works brilliantly and it's the same taxi-driver every day so they all know her.

Theas18 Mon 22-Apr-13 10:52:18

Lots of 4yr olds of working parents do long days in wraparound care with grandparents/childminders/clubs etc

Scooping out of bed in PJs at 7.15 to go to grannies to get up/breakfast sounds fine to me. Ditto after school care.

Mine were in nursery 8-5.30 4 days a week though by the year before school. DD1 especially was very cross the school day was so short!

seeker Mon 22-Apr-13 11:20:43

"Why can your mum not walk with him to school? 2miles is really not very far."

8 miles for mum though! An 4 miles a day before any other exercise is quite a bit for a 4 year old just starting school, surely?

AnythingNotEverything Mon 22-Apr-13 11:33:39

Our LEA has funding for school transport for kids who attend faith schools but who live too far to walk. Faith schools often have large catchment areas.

However, our LEA is consulting about ending this transport subsidy from September.

There will be other families at church whose dcs start the same time as you who you could speak to.

School may offer a breakfast club which will would help.

Also, plenty of parents rejig their working hours, esp start times, to accommodate the school run.

Best of luck.

adeucalione Mon 22-Apr-13 12:49:57

I think you need to find a childminder in the vicinity of the school, and drop your DS there at 7.20am - he will get used to the early time, and the childminder will be used to little children arriving in a sleepy state. I am sure she will be happy for him to spend his morning at her house doing pretty much what he would do if he was at home - playing, watching tv, having breakfast.

IMO this is the best solution because then she will be able to collect him if he feels ill during the day, injures himself or the school closes due to snow or a boiler breakdown.

The next best option is booking a taxi to take your mum and DS to school every morning, and providing a car seat for baby.

freetrait Mon 22-Apr-13 14:58:35

I would probably book a taxi to start with with your Mum and baby, and then gradually you will meet Mums in the area who will probably be very happy to take him. There must be othe Mums living near you going into school.

Hotpotatofood Mon 22-Apr-13 17:12:21

if I drop off at CM at 7.20 am - what time reasonably it owuld be the best to pick him up - 3.15 or can he stay till 4 - there are some clubs after school. My dad ( his grand dad) probably will pick him up and go on a bus. my dh will try to negotiate at his work to go to 4 days a week instead of 5, to spend 1 day with children ( not sure how well it will go...). the mornings will probably be the worst. In terms of LEA transport service - I phone LEA and they said that the transpotrt is only for special educational needs. how can I persuade them to pick up my child - I am happy to pay for it...

clam Mon 22-Apr-13 17:37:43

You would need to check out those clubs. In our school, for instance, they're mainly for older children, many are cyclical (therefore sometimes only running on, say a half-termly basis on a rolling basis for different children if they're popular clubs) and they often don't run on the first/last weeks of term. Not sure you could rely on them completely.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 22-Apr-13 17:48:28

If the cm does after school pick up she may charge a full after school session eg to 5:30-6 as she then cannot take another child from the school.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 22-Apr-13 17:49:06

Is there a pre school club?

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 22-Apr-13 17:58:17

Sorry for multiple post - if you already offered to pay for transport and the LEA said no, I suspect you won't persuade them - though if there is a space once term has started it might be possible. However, the transport may go to several drop off points and therefore start quite early.

Could your mum or dad learn to drive?

Hotpotatofood Mon 22-Apr-13 20:08:27

no, my parents too old...

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 22-Apr-13 22:46:17

Erm, then how practical is your dad taking 2 buses to pick up DS and 2 buses back with him?

seeker Mon 22-Apr-13 22:53:54

It's obviously not going to work. Your child will be tired, unsettled- he won't be able to have friends for tea or go to friend's houses- it will be a nightmare, honestly. And this will go on for 7 years. Don't do it. Look for a space at a local school and relqx

I'm really shocked at a school 2 miles from your home not being classed as local

2 miles isn't very far at all, surely 5-10 mins drive ?

How did you plan to get him there when you applied ?

difficultpickle Mon 22-Apr-13 23:10:04

Not sure I understand why your mother cannot take your ds to school by taxi if she is going to be at your house in the morning. Surely that is preferable and cheaper than a CM. Under 5 a CM will charge for a full day rather than just the hours they are looking after your child.

steppemum Mon 22-Apr-13 23:23:31

Can I suggest you contact the school re breakfast and afterschool club? I am not talking about the fun clubs (eg football, craft club) but some school run after school child care clubs, or they are run by someone else on their premises, for wrap around care.

EG our school runs a breakfast club from 7:45 and 2 afternoons a week it runs a club til 5 which is primarily for wrap round care and almost never cancelled. And then there are fun clubs which change and don't run every week etc, and are usually until 4:20/4:30, and may be cancelled at short notice.

We have lots of childminders who do drop off and pick up. I think if asked out school would refer you to one, or maybe to PTA who could give you some names etc.

BUT you need to understand that school day times are set in stone and have to be kept to. So our reception children should be in playground at 8:35, and parents must stay until they go in to building at 8:40. You cannot drop and leave until KS2. For pick up you have to be there at 3:20, or arrange for someone else to be.

If you found another mum to do it, you would need to think about how much to pay her, and what you would do if her child was ill.
FWIW my cousin used to drive a school run taxi (special needs), there were 3 children accompanied by an adult, he wasn't expected to be responsible for them.

BeckAndCall Tue 23-Apr-13 06:39:35

I've missed the bit where you say what you do at the moment fr nursery - presumably that is a problem too but you have worked around that?

2 miles doesn't seem far to me, tbh. In some places, would there Actually be a school closer than that? ( I think you must have a a closer school you could have chosen?)

It does sound like you've made a difficult choice which is going to cause problems for years to come - even if you get the 'regular' days sorted out, there'll be problems when someone's poorly, when a bus is late, when a clubs not running.....

Snog Tue 23-Apr-13 06:44:13

Can your mum cycle him to school?

myBOYSareBONKERS Tue 23-Apr-13 06:54:13

options:

Change your and your DH working hours - or could you "work from home"

Employ a childminder who drops at that school - but you will have to find one that will take children at 7am as not all do

Ask school if they have breakfast and after school clubs. Don't confuse these with the "free" clubs that schools sometimes provide as they can be cancelled without much notice.

Employ a nanny/au-pair

Look around for a student who may want extra cash by doing the before and after school drops

change schools

MrsHoarder Tue 23-Apr-13 06:54:55

If your mum definitely can't take him I'd look for a childminder near the school. Ask if they can give him breakfast (for a fee) and you won't have to get him up so early. I loved group breakfast (cereal and juice) at my childminder's when I was in primary but I now see it was a way for DM to stay sane.

Where is the father in this? Hens also responsible for getting ds to school....

Bunbaker Tue 23-Apr-13 06:59:54

In our village we have a couple of childminders who take children before and after school. Is that not an option?

meditrina Tue 23-Apr-13 07:10:20

"I'm really shocked at a school 2 miles from your home not being classed as local. 2 miles isn't very far at all, surely 5-10 mins?"

OP is in London. You're looking at 30 mins minimum, and if awkward journey, considerably longer.

lougle Tue 23-Apr-13 07:16:34

I'm struggling to sympathise here. If you make a choice which makes life tricky, you have to accept that....well, life is going to be tricky!

BeckAndCall Tue 23-Apr-13 07:25:10

Good summing up of all the suggestions so far, myboysarebonkers

I can't see any other options.....

myBOYSareBONKERS Tue 23-Apr-13 07:51:34

My DS school did half days for the first few weeks too - have you got a plan for that?

myBOYSareBONKERS Tue 23-Apr-13 07:57:15

Who looks after your children at present?

What will you do during school holidays?

Think you and your DH need to look at both your employers Flexible Working Polices.

missnevermind Tue 23-Apr-13 07:57:48

Yes settling in period can be tougher on the parents than the kids.

LIZS Tue 23-Apr-13 08:43:13

What time do you and dh leave for work and how long a round trip is it ?Have you tried the triangle of home-cm/school-work by car yourself yet ? 2 miles shouldn't take as long as 20 minutes to drive and a cm will presumably time her schoolrun to get children there for about 8.45 (maybe leaving between 8.15 and 8.30) so I'm not sure why your timings are so early.

Have you actually enquired of any cm's yet. Maybe speak to the school and ask for details of any cm's who do drop offs or if they have any arrangements for before/after school care (some private nurseries provide an offsite service if none arrange at the school itself)Who manages the childcare at present ? Agree with those suggesting that as you effectively chose this school, presumably knowing it might prove tricky logistically, and seem to place importance on the faith aspect you should really try to make it work.

GwenCooper81 Tue 23-Apr-13 09:00:14

Could your mother not walk him to school or half and half with the bus? He could have a scooter, those are allowed on buses where we are but I realize London is different. Both of my DC walked 2miles to school from reception age. They were tired at first but needs must sometimes. Your Dm could then bus home?. Lots of messing around though and what will you do for snow days/illness/unexpected closures?. Go for the local School..

DeWe Tue 23-Apr-13 09:37:22

I was going to suggest scooting to the second bus and taking the second bus to lesson the journey. If you get a fold up scooter, I can't see it being refused on a bus. Or a buggy if he is getting tired. Our juniors is a way from the infants and a few parents do use the buggy for the first few weeks for new reception children to do the walk between them. By the second term the children don't need it (except when ill) as they've got used to it.

He might love the bus journey too. My dm was getting two buses and a half mile walk to school by herself from age 5. I think her mum took her on the first morning to make sure she knew which bus stop to wait at. She enjoyed the journey mostly, the first bus was quiet, with no other chidlren on, and then she met friends on the second.

wonderingagain Tue 23-Apr-13 17:45:39

Change to the local school. Do it ASAP while admissions are still being reshuffled.

Biscuitsneeded Tue 23-Apr-13 20:18:29

I honestly think you and your DP need to talk to your employers about flexible working hours. If one of you did the drop off and the other picked up, that could work, assuming you have two cars. I have to leave for work at 06.30 in the mornings so my DP stays at home until 7.30, drops the kids at breakfast club at school for 7.45 and then goes to work. I leave work by 5pm at the latest to be back in time to get the kids by 6pm when after-school club closes. We wouldn't have picked a school that didn't have wraparound care, for these very reasons. Alternatively, book a regular taxi for your Mum to take DS there and back. If she needs to take the younger DC then buy an extra car seat to put in the taxi!! But if your Dad is around maybe one could stay home with the younger child and the other do the school run? That would seem workable, although personally I think it's a massive ask of your parents to be your unpaid childcare twice a day.... And your poor 4 year old is going to be exhausted doing a big journey to and from school and possibly having to do early starts too. Is it all really worth it just to have a religious school (surely you can get the worship side of things at church?)?

cory Wed 24-Apr-13 09:13:23

I think adeucalione is right: you need to look for a childminder who is close to the school and/or is already doing drop-offs at that particular school. We had a similar arrangement and that worked very well. Speak to the local parents.

Taxis can be a bit of a hassle even if you have very definite SN. Dd now has a lovely transport driver who understands her needs, but some of the ones she has had in the past have been very hit and miss (including the one that missed the school entrance and hit the HT's car! wink). It is difficult for taxi firms to find drivers who have the CRB certificates and are willing to do the school run.

ryanboy Wed 24-Apr-13 10:09:05

cory all taxi drivers have to be CRB'd just to get a licence!!Taxi would be the easiest solution.We live in a rural area and taxis took some children to and from pre-school so I don't think age would be a problem.School runs are part of a taxi businesses bread and butter!!BUT taxis do tend to be booked up in the morning and for obvious reasons (ie continuity and quantity of work available) prefer LEA work to private
The other thing would be getting your DS up at say 6.50 popping him straight into the car and him getting dressed and fed and watered at CM local to the school.

cory Wed 24-Apr-13 10:43:11

ryanboy Wed 24-Apr-13 10:09:05
"cory all taxi drivers have to be CRB'd just to get a licence!!"

Not around here; at least not with CRBs which allow them to take unescorted children. This has been a real hassle for our local taxi firm in the past as the LEA refuses to pay for it.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 24-Apr-13 11:06:51

There are basic and enhanced CRB checks, maybe that's the difference?

Kewcumber Wed 24-Apr-13 11:28:54

All CRB checks show is that the person doesn't have any convictions. There is no way DS would have been happy to be dropped at school by a stranger for the first couple of terms (tbh for the first 1.5 years) and you have no way of knowing how easily your child will settle at first. Banking on it being OK to have a taxi take him would be risky in my view at least to start with.

I know you said your mum has your younger child too but it can't be impossible to put your younger childs car seat into a minicab can it confused. It seems by far and away the easier option - minicab morning and evening accompanied by a grandparent.

Second choice in my mind would be childminder local to school who does drop off there already.

What was your plan when you applied to the school - has it changed for some reason.

Bear in mind if you stick with this school you will go through all this again with your second and presumably depending on ages will have this issue for the next 6-10 years.

cory Wed 24-Apr-13 12:10:30

That would be it, Doctrine.

clam Wed 24-Apr-13 18:15:04

How would it work with the two-way taxi? Would it have to wait 10 mins (minimum) at the gates in order for your mum to get out (with two children) and walk your ds into school? And then, of course, you'd be paying double whack for the return journey.

JollyPurpleGiant Wed 24-Apr-13 19:01:45

The taxi drivers here are not CRB checked.

wonderingagain Sat 27-Apr-13 22:20:50

I think you've got a good chance of getting into a school nearer. Reception intake is notoriously changeable and you may get a place if you register interest right now. I think it's madness to send your child to school in a taxi if there is a school nearby that can take him.

blondebubble Sat 27-Apr-13 22:53:00

Remember you will have DC2 to consider too in 3 years time so best get something doable sorted.

IvanaCake Sun 28-Apr-13 16:53:12

Why would you apply for a school without considering how it will work logistically? confused

I guess your options are to either change your working hours or find a childminder close to the school. I would feel really sorry for your mum if she has to do a 2 bus journey twice a day with a baby in tow.

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