Ok so I'm possibly being over the top here, but was just thinking about our fuel costs from another thread. We spend $90 a week on fuel for our main car, and that's purely because I drop dd and pick her up from school every day.
If she caught the school bus which is free, we would save a LOT of money! I havn't been brave enough to put her on there yet! She says she doesn't want to because she's scared of the big kids. And the other thing I worry about is that the bus stops at 2 other schools before it gets to hers, and I worry that she would get off at the wrong place and then be lost and upset.
Just wondered how many of you have kids catching the school bus at an early age? I was catching the bus at age 5, but I had 2 older brothers with me so I just followed them.
For me it comes down to the child's maturity, how comfortable they are doing it and the circumstances.
My brother went on the bus when he was five but I was on the same bus and was 12-13, the bus driver was a close family friend and the bus only stopped at the high school before the primary school. Also, when you got to the school there was always two year seven councilors (prefects) or a teacher who took the 4,5 and 6 year olds to their respective classes.
My parents also waited until half way through the year so he was settled in school first.