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Young children walking to school

I have young children; the eldest is approaching kindergarten age.

What's the normal age when children walk to school on their own?

How old were yours when they started doing it?
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Old 23.11.2018, 20:20
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Re: Young children walking to school

Depends on the individual and the school. If the school is just next door in a quiet area, they can go by themselves from the first week.

In our case, the school was about 5 mins away but there was a busy road in between so I walked with my son for about the first 5-6 months then let him go by himself. I shadowed him a for a bit longer until I was confident he could cross by himself but he met up with mates so it went really well.
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Re: Young children walking to school

OK, so how old?
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Depends on the individual and the school. If the school is just next door in a quiet area, they can go by themselves from the first week.

In our case, the school was about 5 mins away but there was a busy road in between so I walked with my son for about the first 5-6 months then let him go by himself. I shadowed him a for a bit longer until I was confident he could cross by himself but he met up with mates so it went really well.
Many Gemeinde/Communes have crossing patrols for main roads near schools too - makes a big difference. Here, from age 6ish ...rural area but very busy (frontaliers) roads.
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OK, so how old?
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Yup, same here. But to be fair, the Kindergarten was about 50 metres from our front door, with no roads in between.

I will forever cherish the memory of my son setting off for school with his backpack as big as he was high on his shoulders...
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Yup, same here. But to be fair, the Kindergarten was about 50 metres from our front door, with no roads in between.
Likewise.

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Re: Young children walking to school

First year of Kindergarten here as well, so 4 yo. School's a bit under 500m away. We were among the last parents to walk our kid to school in the morning, and stopped after Fall break. By then a police officer had visited the school to teach the kids the do's and don'ts of street crossing.
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Re: Young children walking to school

The schools don't want you their in your Chelsea tractors !


Give your kids the OPPORTUNITY to go on the school bus, make new friends but above all, learn independence !
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Re: Young children walking to school

We are in central Zurich. My child is 7yrs and in 2. Klasse. There are still a number of kids who don't walk to and from school by themselves including mine. About a month ago was the first "reminder" sent out that we should be encouraging our kids to walk by themselves.
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Re: Young children walking to school

Kindergarten age in the City of Zurich is
"Auf Schuljahresbeginn 2019/20 treten diejenigen Kinder in den Kindergarten ein, die im Zeitraum vom 16. Juli 2014 bis 31. Juli 2015 geboren sind."

"1. Kindergartentag Schuljahr 2019/20: Montag, 19. August 2019"
Source: https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/ssd/de/.../eintritt.html
This means that in the new intake on the next starting date, Monday 19th August 2019, the oldest child will be 5 years, one month and 3 days, and the youngest child will be 4 years, 2 weeks and 5 days old.

At the closest Kindergarten to where I live, the teacher sets limits beyond which the parents may not enter.

For the first week, the parents are allowed into the classroom to settle the child in, and to say goodbye. In the next two or three weeks, the parents may walk with their child to the door. After that, parents are limited to the gate of the yard, and must stop there and not enter the grounds. After a few more weeks, they're allowed to walk as far as a certain drive-way down the street. Next, she sets the limits at the next cross-road.

These limits are for accompanying the child to Kindergarten, and also for fetching the child afterwards (except in an emergency, of course, where full access is allowed).

The Kindergarten teacher gets the local police to come and do several walkabouts with the children, in small groups, to teach them how to keep to the pavements and how to cross roads safely.

Once that's done, it is really only the most unusual parents who join their children at any point on their walk, and some few still hang about at the end of the road occasionally, while the children roll their eyes, shake their heads and say: "Oh, look, Joshua's Mom's come to fetch him again!" in a way that makes one pity the boy.
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Re: Young children walking to school

I walked my youngest to school for the first eight months. We live close to our kids' school - 200 m and the path is very safe. I chose to walk with him nonetheless since it was an opportunity for me to walk and chat with other moms. This is how I got to know them and establish a little mom's network which was important since we had moved here only several weeks earlier. We started doing playdates for the kids, coffee mornings for the moms and just building a social network.

We live in a bilingual town and there are actually two different schools in our school building, the French and German school. The schools are two completely separate units with different administrations, curriculums, etc. The kids tend to play only with speakers of their own language which is a real pity. The Deutschschweizer parents let their kids walk by themselves at a much younger age than the romands (French-speaking Swiss). There is a huge cultural gap and it is very visible in the parenting. As a family, we do these things as we see fit and probably are judged by one group as being too lenient and too strict by the others.
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Re: Young children walking to school

5 year olds are recommended to walk by themselves by the police leaflet
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Re: Young children walking to school

For me (as a mother), it would depend on whether or not there are any busy roads for the child to cross. I would not be comfortable with my four or five year old crossing busy streets by themselves. Here in our neighborhood, two children were killed (a few years apart) after being hit by cars on a street that isn't even a main road.
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For me (as a mother), it would depend on whether or not there are any busy roads for the child to cross. I would not be comfortable with my four or five year old crossing busy streets by themselves. Here in our neighborhood, two children were killed (a few years apart) after being hit by cars on a street that isn't even a main road.
And were they walking to school along the route recommend by the police?
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