Next year, I will be starting work, and instead of putting my kids in OHSC, could anyone advise whether my boys (yr 6,3,1) will be able to take a public bus home?

The yr 6 is extremely capable and responsible but that being said, is he allowed to ‘supervise’ the year 3 & 1 on the bus trip home?

The timing is such, that once they reach home, I will be home as well (as I work 5 min away from home). I finish at 4.15 and, their school finishes at 3.30 and it’s 10 min drive away from home. We are in Vic.

Will I get in trouble, legally?


Posted anonymously, 10th December 2013


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  • I see kids of all ages on public transport unsupervised. The only problem I can see is I would worry, no matter how close they are



  • Have a chat with the school.
    If it is a school bus I can not see it being an issue.
    If it is a public bus I suggest you find an alternative.
    With so many child abductions you just can not be to careful.



  • Personally I wouldn’t allow my children on any public transport without me. If your not able to afford OSHC perhaps you could pay someone to drop your children home for you – a school friends parent or older neighbour. Growing up my mum would car pool and drop other kids home and their parents would pay her $20 a week.



  • Schools bus yes, public bus, no no no.



  • there are some good comments here



  • I wouldn’t want to risk it



  • How did you go, what did you decide? I knew a year 7 girl who would go home with her brother in reception but thats one versus one.



  • I can’t see this being an issue. My 3 used to,catch the short bus trip to & from school. You know your own children, being a short trip I think this is fine :)



  • I think its too much responsibility for your grade 6 child to look after such young children on a public bus. Is there a relative, neighbour, someone you trust who would take the children home everyday? You could offer to pay if necessary.



  • What have you decided to do?



  • I remember year ones getting on the bus when I was a child, it was a school kids only bus though. May be different for public buses.



  • Have you sorted something out? I took the bus by myself when i was 10/11, though I didnt have the responsibility of younger children. Maybe see if a friend or another school mum can help out with supervision ?



  • what did you decide on?



  • Was there ever an answer as to whether this was a legal issue?



  • I can not see why it would be a problem.


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