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When did your child walk to school alone?

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Tomboytown Mon 11-Jun-18 21:17:46

10-15min walk
No main roads

TeenTimesTwo Mon 11-Jun-18 21:45:01

year 7.

Could have walked to primary but we enjoyed the walk together.

I wouldn't think y5 would be unreasonable. Y3 would be a bit young, unless in Germany when they do it from Kindergarten I believe.

Vanillamanilla1 Mon 11-Jun-18 21:50:48

I would let my DD ( year 5 ) aged 10 do it but there's a busy road between here and her school and to be honest she's such a dolly daydream she dosent pay enough attention to the road so I'll continue to walk her until she starts year 6 ( September) and can assess the road situation better

Vanillamanilla1 Mon 11-Jun-18 21:52:02

If there's no main roads then I would let her from year 5

Surfingwhippet Mon 11-Jun-18 21:53:53

Mine walked from year 3, however it was a five minute walk with 3 tiny side roads to cross and i left a couple of minutes after then with the younger ones. I could Andi walk through the junior playground to get to the infant playground to make sure they were there

Mokepon Mon 11-Jun-18 21:56:32

Between 8 1/2 and 9.
We are 3-5 mins walk though, 2 small roads to cross, although busy by the school. Lots of other parents/children around if any trouble.

egginacup Mon 11-Jun-18 21:56:40

My 10yo (Y5) walks home from school one day a week by herself, it’s about 10 minutes.

Last year I was very ill with flu and let them both walk together to school (age 9 and 7 at the time) but they got the receptionist to call to say they got there ok.

Andrewofgg Mon 11-Jun-18 22:10:43

DS took the bus or tube from 12.

Dear lord, at age 7 I was walking on a busy main road and two years later I was taking my neighbour's son. Another world!

CheeseyToast Mon 11-Jun-18 22:12:09

Age 9

BoyWithApple Mon 11-Jun-18 22:14:16

Planning to let mine do it from next school year (year 5). We have a very busy tricky road right outside our house so I'll probably walk him across that for a while then let him do the rest solo (small roads only).

NextDoor2017 Mon 11-Jun-18 22:17:16

My DD (Y6) walked home by herself for the first time today after much persuasion because her younger sister was ill at home.
Half an hour walk, so she took the bus up the hill so she would only have to walk 20 minutes

delilahbucket Mon 11-Jun-18 22:19:58

At the moment my year five ds (10) walls part way home on his own and I meet him. We are a ten minute walk with one main road and a lot of busy side roads. The main road has a lollipop man, but if he isn't there it is a tricky road to cross. Ds isn't quite ready for doing the walk alone, but we're working up to it.

hazeyjane Mon 11-Jun-18 22:24:30

Dd1 11
Dd2 10

MissWimpyDimple Tue 12-Jun-18 00:40:12

Year 6. 11

IWantMyHatBack Tue 12-Jun-18 00:44:04

End of year 4

Birdsgottafly Tue 12-Jun-18 01:43:31

My DD started at 8 years old. There was a Lolly Pop Man on the crossing and lots of other Parents/children walking the route. Motorists looked out for children on the side streets, she had to cross.

It was the type of area were Adults would step in if there was bullying.

I had no choice, as a LP with a disabled child being picked up by school transport.

toffee1000 Tue 12-Jun-18 01:56:12

Year 7. My younger brother attended the same school and my mother came with us, he’s four years younger (so Year 2 when I was in Year Six) and the journey involved a main road so it would’ve been a bit much for me to have to keep an eye on him as well as getting myself there safely. He was fairly sensible at that age but if it had been just me and him, he may have pissed about knowing that Mum wasn’t there.
I was lucky in that my secondary was close to my primary and required much the same route, just a bit further down the road. Plus it started earlier so I left earlier.

Idontmeanto Tue 12-Jun-18 05:41:23

Mine were allowed to walk together at 8 and 10. Two busy roads with a lollipop person at them.

PlumsGalore Tue 12-Jun-18 05:47:46

8, BUT we are a five minute walk, there are two primary and a high school on the same road so very busy, and two lollipop ladies for both roads.

CMOTDibbler Tue 12-Jun-18 06:12:59

Ds has walked or cycled on his own from the start of yr 5

Donthugmeimscared Tue 12-Jun-18 06:15:42

The school my children go to lets them from the last term of year 4 and as I only live 5 mins away they have been walking since then.

bruffin Tue 12-Jun-18 06:17:26

Year 5 , 5 minute walk with no roads to cross

rainingcatsanddog Tue 12-Jun-18 06:18:49

Our borough allows it from y5.

InflagranteDelicto Tue 12-Jun-18 06:27:04

Y3. 5 minute walk. One small road, one busy, with a zebra crossing, which is equally busy. They'd been taught how to use it, and they lost the privilege if they mucked about

DrDreReturns Tue 12-Jun-18 06:29:04

Da walked to school on his own in year 5. 10 mins walk and main roads to cross,.it would have been older if there was a main road en route.

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