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onlyme14
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Jul 2018 12 17:45

What is the answer???

Hi all
Been a caretaker for few years now and like to think i know my job but here is one for you.

I unlock my gates same time every morning like yourself. but some times i have children there a little early sometimes i know because parents have work so i unlock so i feel they are safe on the grounds.

Now powers that be say that there not our responsibility and if anything should happen ect,ect.

But my thoughts are what if that child went missing ?

What would you guys do?

I know what i am going to keep doing as i would not be able to live with if the worst happens.

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Jul 2018 12 19:55

Re: What is the answer???

our gates open at 8:25, so i get to the gates at 8:25

I also have children waiting for me to open the gates, and quite often see parents barely stopping before kicking kids out of the car (and this is in our KS1)
I regularly report these parents to the SLT. they have a word with the parent-it stops for a bit-then they go back to their previous behaviour- then i report...and so the circle continues.

You cannot help some people!!
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Jul 2018 12 20:35

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Our responsibility starts at 8.45am when I open gates and that's it. [Neutral.png]

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Jul 2018 12 22:45

Re: What is the answer???

In my school we told that we became responsible for the kids 10 minutes before up to 10 minutes after school. The proviso being that the children were not attending breakfast or an after school club.

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Jul 2018 12 23:29

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I do exactly as you do, I'm at the gates from 8:30 am and usually the same children are waiting for me to let them in. In my opinion they are much safer inside the school than outside the gates with a road less than 2 metres away complete with fast moving traffic.
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Jul 2018 13 07:00

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We have a clear policy on parental responsibility. All parents have had letters reminding them of the gates opening times. Until the children are taken in by the teacher they are the parents are still responsible. At breakfast club they are the parents responsibility until they are signed in. And yes we still have some children here waiting in the foyer up to 30 min on their own (yr 3 and up). At the end of day once children have left 'our care' we are no longer responsible. This is regardless if a child stays in the yard until I lock them.

We have had to come down on this after a child had an accident before school in the yard. The mother tried to claim that we should have done more. But has she was sat down chatting to other mothers she took no notice what her child was doing.

Unfortunately there is a growing number of parents who see school has a child minding service. If I opened the gates early the children would be here earlier. Where do you draw the line?
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Jul 2018 13 08:16

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Don't Know is the answer. As a senior school slightly different I suppose. Our canteen opens at 0730 for breakfast and school access for the students. Many of our girls are dropped a lot earlier than this by parents on their way to work. I would rather see our girls safely in our buildings than left to their own devices on the street.
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Jul 2018 13 08:37

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we have same problem here we have a girl (Yr.6) dropped off at 7.30am every morning & breakfast club does not start until 8.0am,so i let her in & she sits in the front entrance until breakfast club Leader arrives & then she takes charge of her but the parents do not seem to care they let out of the car in car park & do not look to see if she is let in to the building just drives off,she has been spoken to several times by HT & Breakfast club Leader but says she has to get to work & goes
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Jul 2018 13 08:47

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we have morning helpers from 0830 rest onsite from 0850 any child left before then is garnets problem there are spoken to and told that if anything happens its down to them same as kids that turn p first day of holidays i will not let them in the school as im alone will contact head to get hold of parents to come get them or if teacher in they will do it

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Jul 2018 13 10:21

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We have Breakfast club which starts at 0800. The idea is to stop children waiting for the gate to open. The parents pay a small amount and their children get to have breakfast in the canteen and play with legos, connect four etc.

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