Should parents be fined for picking up their children late from school?

The Loose Women split opinion this morning after debating whether parents should be fined for picking up children late from school.

Christine Bleakley asked Stacey Solomon, Carol McGiffin and Brenda Edwards if they believe that UK primary schools were within their rights to charge tardy parents.

The discussion cause debate on Twitter, with many saying it’s not the school’s responsibility to look after children for tardy parents, while others thought it was just a money-making scheme.

Christine Bleakley asked Stacey Solomon (right), Carol McGiffin (left) and Brenda Edwards if they believe primary schools were within their rights to charge tardy parents

Christine Bleakley asked Stacey Solomon (right), Carol McGiffin (left) and Brenda Edwards if they believe primary schools were within their rights to charge tardy parents

Christine Bleakley asked Stacey Solomon (right), Carol McGiffin (left) and Brenda Edwards if they believe primary schools were within their rights to charge tardy parents

Carol questioned why so many children were being picked up from schools, and that when she was a child she walked a mile to get to class on her first day of infant school.

‘I swear to god, my Mum never picked up us up ever,’ she recalled.

‘We were going to school, she had to work, if she didn’t work we didn’t eat. 

‘Now I just think, when kids are picked up in cars when they don’t live far away… there’s gridlock everywhere where I live because of the school run.

Carol (second right) questioned why so many children were being picked up from schools, and that when she was a child she walked a mile to get to class on her first day of infant school.

Carol (second right) questioned why so many children were being picked up from schools, and that when she was a child she walked a mile to get to class on her first day of infant school.

Carol (second right) questioned why so many children were being picked up from schools, and that when she was a child she walked a mile to get to class on her first day of infant school.

Clearly in disagreement, Stacey said that there were many angles to this.

The former X Factor star, 30, who has three children aged 11, eight and seven months, said: ‘Yes a lot of parents are picking there kids up more, even when I was at school, but we hear and see our news so differently these days.

‘We are constantly being told about abductions, stabbing, altercations out of school, and there’s a huge fear among parents. God forbid you let your child walk to school and something happens.

Carol said: 'I swear to god my Mum never picked up us up ever. We were going to school, she had to work, if she didn't work we didn't eat. Now I just think, when kids are picked up in cards when they don't live far away... there's gridlock everywhere where I live because of the school run.

Carol said: 'I swear to god my Mum never picked up us up ever. We were going to school, she had to work, if she didn't work we didn't eat. Now I just think, when kids are picked up in cards when they don't live far away... there's gridlock everywhere where I live because of the school run.

Carol said: ‘I swear to god my Mum never picked up us up ever. We were going to school, she had to work, if she didn’t work we didn’t eat. Now I just think, when kids are picked up in cards when they don’t live far away… there’s gridlock everywhere where I live because of the school run.

‘By fining the parents your saying they could change being late. Most of the time they’re working, people are leading busier lives, 

‘I think we don’t give parents enough credit now days. Most parents both families are working.

‘Most people are trying to wear every single hat as a parent. 

‘If I was at this school, I would be in debt, I really would. I could leave here on a good day and I get to school 20 minutes early, but on a bad run I’d be 20 minutes late.

Clearly in disagreement, Stacey said that there were many angles to this. The former X Factor star, 30, who has three children aged 11, eight and seven months, said: 'Yes a lot of are picking there kids up more, even than when I was at school, but we hear and see our news so differently these days

Clearly in disagreement, Stacey said that there were many angles to this. The former X Factor star, 30, who has three children aged 11, eight and seven months, said: 'Yes a lot of are picking there kids up more, even than when I was at school, but we hear and see our news so differently these days

Clearly in disagreement, Stacey said that there were many angles to this. The former X Factor star, 30, who has three children aged 11, eight and seven months, said: ‘Yes a lot of are picking there kids up more, even than when I was at school, but we hear and see our news so differently these days

Brenda added that teachers have their own lives, and that charging something for repeat offenders to go back into the school is key.

Taking to Twitter, many disagreed calling Stacey ‘naive’ and saying it was standard practice at nurseries.

One viewer said: ‘Book your children into after school care if you can’t get to school on time. Why should the teachers look after your children? The problem is the parents who are persistently late they need to be fined to get them to change. It is awful for the children left waiting’ 

Taking to Twitter, many disagreed calling Stacey 'naive' and saying it was standard practice at nurseries.

Taking to Twitter, many disagreed calling Stacey 'naive' and saying it was standard practice at nurseries.

Taking to Twitter, many disagreed calling Stacey ‘naive’ and saying it was standard practice at nurseries.

Another added: ‘At a previous school, if a parent is late, they just took the children to the supervised computer room and charged the parent. The money went to the school coffers. I like the system as no one was shamed for being unintentionally late.

‘Stacey unfortunately is quite naive, there are many parents who do pick their children up late on purpose and aren’t late because of their job! Why should the school teachers provide free child care? They do enough! There are after school clubs parents can use!’ a third said.

While some viewers said they agreed with Stacey – but thought repeat offenders should dealt with.    

‘The world is a different place from when Carol was at School,’ one said. ‘However, for parents habitually late- something needs to be in place as it could be a bigger issue so I don’t object to social services!’ one said.

Another wrote: ‘Yes Stacey there are lots of people like that. I see plenty at my kids school. Get real!’

 

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