Getting to and from school safely

How you choose to get your child to and from school is a parent's responsibility however your child’s school wants this to happen safely every day of the year.

Getting to and from school safely

Getting your child to and from school is your responsibility – however your child’s school wants this to happen safely every day.

Pick the safest way to school and practise travelling the route with your child. Talk about how to be a safe road user.

Keep your school community safe by:

  • modelling how to be safe as a pedestrian, passenger or cyclist
  • always holding your child’s hand when walking on the footpath, in the car park and when crossing the road
  • using the safest place to cross the road
  • dropping off and picking up your child from the school side of the road
  • never calling your child from across the road
  • ensuring your child is properly buckled up in the right child restraint for their age
  • driving and parking legally, even if it means parking further away and walking the rest of the way to school.

Share this information with your child’s carers such as grandparents, nannies and friends who may be taking your child to or from school:

Saying goodbye

At first, you might like to stay for a while until your child feels secure at school. When your child has settled into school, a short and reassuring goodbye encourages independence. Let them know who will pick them up at the end of the day.

Picking up children at the end of the day

When school finishes each day, your child’s class will gather at a regular place. Your child’s teacher will wait with the children. Make sure your child and their teacher know who will be

collecting them each afternoon. This could be a parent, a carer or an after school care worker.

Children can get upset if the person picking them up comes late. Check with their teacher

about the best time to arrive in the afternoon and where to stand.

Learn more ways of safely travelling to and from school with your child.

Out of school hours care (OSHC)

OSHC includes before and after school care (BASC) and vacation care services. OSHC

services provide education and care for primary school-age children outside school hours and during school vacations. Services are often open on pupil-free days as well.

OSHC services:

  • support children’s learning achievement, engagement and wellbeing

  • provide developmental play opportunities in a multi-age environment

  • support families to work or study outside school hours.

Your school can give you information about local services, or visit the BASC finder to find your closest OSHC.

The Child Care Subsidy helps eligible families with the cost of childcare for out of school hours.

The importance of keeping routines

Kindergarten children can get very tired at night because they are doing so many new and exciting things. For this reason it helps if you keep routines like bath time, meals and reading routines as regular as possible. It’s important to leave time for your child to play and get a good night’s sleep each night.

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Tips for packing nutritious snacks and lunch for your child to eat at school.

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