Is My Child Old Enough to Be Left at Home Alone?*

You’re in a situation where you need to go out but there’s no one to watch the kids - what do you do? You wouldn’t be the first parent to consider leaving your child at home alone. There’s so much to juggle as a parent (especially when it’s solely your responsibility), but it’s something that we urge you to think about carefully. Below is some guidance from an independent school in Bucks to help you make the call.

Babies and Toddlers
Babies and toddlers must never be left alone and for no longer than 15 minutes without supervision. That also means leaving to go to another room. They are vulnerable and completely dependent on you which is why they require your full attention. In the space of that time, they might choke on something hazardous and as they are so small, they’re unable to help themselves.

Primary Aged Children
At this age, your child may struggle to walk home alone, take care of themselves and potential siblings. They may not be able to also fully comprehend situations and problem solve.

Secondary School
Children that are older and of secondary school age may have more understanding of the world around them and some level of maturity but are children nonetheless. They may get scared when left alone and feel overwhelmed if an accident were to happen. If you are in a situation where you must leave them at home, you must consult with them and establish ground rules so that they feel comfortable and are safe being left at home alone.

To wrap up, it’s important that you think through any decisions about your child’s welfare carefully. Whilst there aren’t any set rules around leaving children home alone, it is neglectful to put them in danger. So, whether your child’s 6 or 16 years old, it’s something that you must think carefully about. Are they able to take care of themselves and handle a potential emergency? If the answer is no, then we advise that you look for alternative childcare. Perhaps a relative or friend if you aren’t able to organise arrangements with your usual childminder.

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