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To be concerned about these school drop off arrangements for my yr1 child?

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JadedAngel Tue 25-Nov-14 10:02:31

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Samcro Tue 25-Nov-14 10:04:02

confused you complained
now you are complaining, because they acted on your complaint.

PatriciaHolm Tue 25-Nov-14 10:06:13

This is a standard procedure I think - kids get dropped in a playground, bell goes, kids line up to go in. Unless the playground is open to the street and unsupervised, what is the issue?

MrsHathaway Tue 25-Nov-14 10:06:39

That's nuts. Is the school very oddly laid out?

Why wouldn't "please drop your child at the door then fuck off home" be a system that would work?

The parents who go in every single day baffle me. What are they doing in there? Even my 3yo needs help hanging his coat up and putting his lunch box on the shelf, but after 30 seconds I am surplus to requirements.

Jazzhandsrule Tue 25-Nov-14 10:08:22

Does school begin at 9am? If so, your child is your responsibility until then. If you need to drop earlier for work, you need to organise some sort of child care until 9am.

PurpleSwift Tue 25-Nov-14 10:08:34

This is the norm at schools here? A teacher on the gate and children dropped off in the play ground.

RedButtonhole Tue 25-Nov-14 10:09:45

At DS(5) school you can drop of anytime from 8.45am and when the bell rings at 9am the children line up and walk into school, teacher waits in the classroom.

This is the norm from Primary 1 (so age 4.5 up). I can't imagine what the problem would be with it, or why you're upset since you complained aboht the prior arrangement.

Minisoksmakehardwork Tue 25-Nov-14 10:10:44

Check what time the playground will be supervised from. Ours is supervised by staff from 8:45. But yabu to complain again when they have presented a solution. The only reason it may not work for you is because you have to be elsewhere and cannot supervise your own child. Ywnbu to ask what supervision is available.

I too don't get the whole 'take dc into class' routine which goes on in some schools. Ours play outside until bell, line up and then go in. Parents usually leave dc in playground and pop in if they need to speak to anyone before hand - it is certainly frowned upon to collar teacher other than a quick 'x may need their inhaler/has forgotten homework etc' as they are going in.

Wolfbasher Tue 25-Nov-14 10:11:57

At our school, the children line up in the playground at 8.30 (parents stay in the playground). Bell goes, and a teacher/TA escorts each line in. Reception parents can escort their child too, but are encouraged not to.

I wouldn't be happy walking away from a playground without knowing my infant-aged child had been 'handed over'.

Letthemtalk Tue 25-Nov-14 10:14:39

If school starts at 9 then you are responsible for your child until then. Is there another parent you can leave your dc with?

littlehayleyc Tue 25-Nov-14 10:14:58

My childrens' school do playground drop off. The Head teacher and other staff are on the playground to supervise. Before drop off, the children put their book bags in the classrooms and the parents take them up to the playground. Parents don't actually go on to the playground, and the teachers are on the steps at both ends to ensure no children leave the playground. After 10mins playtime the children line up with their teachers and walk to the classrooms. Initially in reception my DS was a bit unsure about being left at the playground but after a week or so he was fine. It seems to work well and there isn't much congestion.

thinkingaboutthistoomuch Tue 25-Nov-14 10:15:40

is the concern that the child's arrival has been acknowledged? Personally, when dropping off very young children, I liked to be sure that teacher had seen them and knew they were there for the day. If there's no-one on duty to stop a 4 year old from turning round and leaving again, I wouldn't want to wait until the afternoon to find out no-one had seen them.

JadedAngel Tue 25-Nov-14 10:15:55

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JadedAngel Tue 25-Nov-14 10:16:37

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Mrsgrumble Tue 25-Nov-14 10:17:42

If school doesn't start until nine, its your child and your responsibility until then.

JadedAngel Tue 25-Nov-14 10:18:31

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Nanny0gg Tue 25-Nov-14 10:20:01


Don't get it. Our school they have to be in and ready for registration by 8.50.

Reception children are greeted by their teachers outside their classrooms. Year ones should leave the playground and walk to their classroom on their own, but they wait in the playground with their parents till the gate opens to go there. And Reception parents have to wait for the same gate.

If they're not going in till 9 I hate to think what time they'll be ready to work. And that time is usually very carefully worked out.

MsVestibule Tue 25-Nov-14 10:20:43

If the official school starting time is 8.50, then that is the time the school is responsible for them from. The process itself sounds fine, but why are they saying they won't collect them until 10 minutes after they're supposed to be in their classroom?

What does the rest of the school do?

Goldmandra Tue 25-Nov-14 10:21:49

School starts at 8.50

Email the school and ask who will be supervising the Y1s between 8.50 when school starts and 9.00 when the teacher collects them.

APlaceInTheWinter Tue 25-Nov-14 10:21:57

I think whether YABU or not depends on the logistics of the playground. If there is no supervision and the DCs can easily access the road or the carpark then YANBU to be concerned about it.

If they are consistently supervised with no possibility of leaving then YABU.

However, if you had a better solution then you should have presented it when you made your first complaint.

My DC's previous school had a similar system to the one you describe but it did mean parents had to supervise until 9am as there wasn't always a teacher on duty and the playground had direct access to both the car park and the street. If you can't supervise till 9am then you might have to opt for breakfast club if they have one. It's not the school's responsibility to provide solutions for the needs of every parent.

RedButtonhole Tue 25-Nov-14 10:23:24

Why is the teacher not collecting them until 10 minutes after school starts?

Is there no supervision in place between 8.50 and 9.00?

JadedAngel Tue 25-Nov-14 10:23:54

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LegsOfSteel Tue 25-Nov-14 10:24:03

If school starts at 8:50 why are the teachers not collecting them from the playground until 9:00? Strange.

I thought it was normal for the kids to line up in playground once the bell had gone. Then teacher, TA takes them in. No parent takes their child into class here.

LegsOfSteel Tue 25-Nov-14 10:25:16

X-post with a few others.

JadedAngel Tue 25-Nov-14 10:26:33

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