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School fines parents £1 for every 5 minutes they are late picking their children up

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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Discussion Time
Quite right too. That'll learn em ;)

https://uk.yahoo.com/style/school-fines-parents-if-late-picking-up-their-children-115315386.html

Holy Trinity C of E Primary, in Gravesend, Kent introduced the new rules this week to try to tackle after-school lateness, and will target those picking up their children just ten minutes late - anytime after 3:40pm.

The move, which will reportedly also see teachers calling the authorities if pupils aren't collected before 4pm, hasn’t gone down well with all parents, with some claiming the policy punishes less well-off families.
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  • WillimSWillimS Forumite
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    I think some parents think schools are a 'free' childminding service, they want their children to be taught how to behave, feed them, and look after them after school, teachers are there to 'teach, educate' (job description) they aren't childminders or surrogate parents, some parents are unbelievable.
  • chris_mchris_m Forumite
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    with some claiming the policy punishes less well-off families.


    I spell the word in bold "p u n c t u a l"
  • zagfleszagfles Forumite
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    Sounds like quite cheap childminding. Someone earning £20 a hour would be in profit if they did 30 mins overtime and as a result were 30 mins late to pick their child up!
  • Dineen33Dineen33 Forumite
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    Dont schools have after school clubs ?
    Chess club ?
    Science club ?


    Sounds like free babysitting.


    Of course if a parent is so lackadaisical it cant turn up on time, I'm guessing it wont be paying any invoices.
  • lobbyluddlobbyludd Forumite
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    ah, DT, home of the practically perfect in every possible way.
    :AA/give up smoking (done) :)
  • DasaDasa Forumite
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    How are they going to make them pay? What powers have they got?Going to hold onto the kids until they had the cash over?
  • DasaDasa Forumite
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    Dineen33 wrote: »
    Dont schools have after school clubs ?
    Chess club ?
    Science club ?


    Sounds like free babysitting.


    Of course if a parent is so lackadaisical it cant turn up on time, I'm guessing it wont be paying any invoices.


    Reading the link it says the Head closed the after school club because it wasn't making any money.
  • HerzlosHerzlos Forumite
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    Are after school clubs supposed to make money? I thought they were to help out working parents.

    I'm torn here; parents have a duty to collect their kids on time, but if the school removed the after school club it's almost asking for this sort of thing to happen. How early should parents leave work in order to compensate for traffic?
  • chris_mchris_m Forumite
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    Herzlos wrote: »
    Are after school clubs supposed to make money? I thought they were to help out working parents.

    It could be selective editing in the article and simply that it wasn't making enough money to cover the cost of laying it on.

    I wouldn't expect an after school club to make a profit but I also wouldn't expect it to make a loss.
  • The_RainmakerThe_Rainmaker Forumite
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    It all comes down to parental responsibility which is obviously lacking and expectation that someone else should pick up the pieces. Selfish behaviour.
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