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The majority of parents don’t share school pick-ups and drop-offs with friends, according to a Workingmums.co.uk poll.
The poll shows 62% don’t share pick-ups and drop-offs, compared to 8% who do so regularly and 11% who do so occasionally. The remainder don’t have to do pick-ups and drop-offs.
One mum said: “Both my children have special needs and attend different schools. It’s near impossible to find an escort to take my son. I’m also new to the region so don’t have friends.”
Another mum said she didn’t like to rely on anyone. Another found it difficult to share as she lives in a rural location.
Despite environmental and parking issues due to the large volume of cars that congregate around schools, practicalities like having the right space in your car to pick up more kids can be an issue. Parents of younger children also say they like to be the one picking up at the end of the day and many find the school run is a social event and gives them some exercise.
For others it is about freedom and not being possiby responsible for someone else’s child being late. And for some parents the school run is not an issue as their children are older or have a school bus that takes them to school.