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18/04/2014 at 09:04
19/04/2014 at 19:33
It depends on the maturity of the child, how far the school is and whether they have to cross roads. Probably I would say from year 6 so the last year of primary school
19/04/2014 at 20:15
Year 5 or 6 for me, although it all depends on the child and the route they have to take. Lots of the kids at our school walk from year 5 or sometimes younger but most live on the same estate as the school and don't have any main roads to cross.
19/04/2014 at 22:01
I walked to school by myself from the age of 11 (first year of secondary school). My primary school was a fair distance from home so walking there wouldn't of been practical plus I had a little brother still at that school so my parents were driving there each day anyway to take him.
21/04/2014 at 19:29
In the area where I live some kids in p3 (age 7/8) are walking to & from school on their own however I won't be letting my two walk on their own until near the end of primary school. They have to cross several roads to get to school and even though there are lollipop-people at the busier crossings I would still be concerned about some of the other junctions and access roads.
22/04/2014 at 09:27
E walked from Y6. As she had a younger brother at the school there really wasn't much need for her to walk alone but I was mindful that she needed that bit of independence due to starting secondary...she now has to walk to the station and get a train in every day. It's a big jump (and I was terrified for the first term!).
22/04/2014 at 10:07
I was walking to school on my own at 8 years old. I personally think that was too young, but it was me being too independent for my own good. I would walk my kids to school until they're about 10 years old, which is a starting point as the local secondary school is another half-mile walk on from the local primary school.
22/04/2014 at 10:32
I was walking to school from year 3. My school was on the same street, so no far to walk. C goes to the same school as I did, but we live further away. He only started walking on his own a few months ago. He was 9, and in Yr 5. We had walked the route from Yr3, so he knew it well, and there was a lolly pop lady on the main road, so I was confident that he would be safe.
I still picked him up, but after a few weeks, he said he wanted to walk back on his own too. The lolly pop lady stopped me, to compliment C on how mature and well behaved he was. *proud Mummy*
It does depend on the child. My step daughter is 6 months younger than C, but I wouldn't trust her to walk on her own yet, she just lacks common sense.
22/04/2014 at 12:57
Lauren walked form Year 6 to and from her Nan's house which was a 10 minute walk with no main roads, there were four of them who used to walk together. From Year 7 she had to get the school bus on her own so I felt it was a good practice and she wanted the responsibility
23/04/2014 at 21:02
E walked home a few times last summer when she was 9 and in the last week of year 4, she had asked to do it, I was wary but H was keen to let her so she had a bit of independence. J was in morning nursery attached to the school so we didn't need to be there for him when she finished.
There is no need for her to walk to/from school now as J is in Reception but she asked before the Easter holidays if she could start walking home by herself as we were complaining how long she was taking to come out of school as her and J don't finish at the same time so she did it today and will be doing it tomorrow and from then on a couple of times a week.
There's one main road to cross right outside the school but there's a lollipop lady there. There's also a zebra crossing for her to cross at the top of our street but she responsible enough to cross there.
24/04/2014 at 12:51
I've started letting my just 7 year old cross the quieter roads on her own (while I am there so she's not completely on her own). We're only about 2 minutes walk from the school . In theory she could do it but the two quieter roads she has to cross have lots of parked cars on them and parents dropping off their kids so I don't feel confident about her ability to look properly and car drivers won't be able to see her and anticipate that she might try and cross. But getting her to do the looking herself is part of a very gradual process of trusting her to do it herself. Maybe when she's about 25
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