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When can I leave my child alone?

Periodically, parents ask us these common questions regarding when children can be left alone.  Please see the information we have from the Children's Aid Society (CAS) to help us keep our children safe. 

Common Questions
When can my child babysit?

• A child should be at least 12 years of age before they are permitted to care for younger children. A babysitting course for this child is also recommended.

• Parents are responsible to determine when an older child is ready to provide reliable care for younger children.

• When choosing a babysitter, there are many factors to consider. The person’s maturity, abilities, reliability, past history and problem solving skills should be considered.

Should I leave my 9 1/2 year old child alone?

• A child under the age of 10 should not be left alone. Although you may have taught him/her what to do in certain situations, a child under 10 years just does not have the ability to make a judgment you can count on. The bottom line is he/she might do the right thing or he/she might not.

Can I leave my sleeping child in the car while I run into the store?

• A child under the age of 10 years should not be left alone. You may be longer than you think and anything can happen in that time. There is no magical number of minutes that a child can be left alone.



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