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

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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

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.

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.

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?

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


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

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

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?!

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.

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 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'.

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.

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?

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.

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".

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?

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!

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!!

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.

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

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

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

Don't know why some people bother having children.

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?

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?

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

there should be minibus services.

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?

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.

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