For anyone who has kids, the school run is known to be one of the busiest and most stressful parts of the day - getting the kids dressed, fed and loaded into the car is just the beginning!
We’ve put together a short guide that will help you get the kids to school smoothly, without straining your wallet.
If you’re lucky enough to live near your child’s school, walking to school is not only the cheapest option available (it’s free!), it’s also a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise in at the same time. The NHS recommends we walk up to 150 minutes a week to stay healthy so this is the perfect way to reach your target. There’s also the added bonus that you won’t get stuck in traffic – ideal for those difficult Monday mornings!
Free bus passes are available to children aged 5-16 if they live at least 2-3 miles away from school. The school bus can be fun and sociable, and a great way for your child to make friends, especially when starting school for the first time.
Enter your postcode here to see if your child is eligible for a free bus pass.
For those that live quite far away from school, despite there still being a cost involved, getting the train to school can prove to be much cheaper than driving the kids to school. Research has shown the annual cost of a train pass is generally much cheaper than the costs associated with running a car. If there’s a train station in your local area, it’s worth checking out how much it would cost to take your child to school as kids aged 5-15 are eligible for 50% discount on national rail services around the country. There are also family railcard options such as the Family & Friends Railcard which could save you even more, offering up to 60% discount for children and 1/3 off adult tickets.
Other than the initial cost of buying a bike, cycling is a great way to keep fit with your child for less. Not only can you cycle with your child to school during the week, you can enjoy a fantastic family bike ride at the weekend. Decathlon has some ideal options for around £50-60!
If you don’t fancy forking out for a brand new bike, try using websites such as Gumtree or Preloved to find a fantastic second hand option. A hand me down from an older sibling can also save you having to look for one. Still not sure what you’re looking for? We Are Cycling UK have some great advice on choosing the right bike for your child here.
With a bike comes great responsibility! The roads can be an unsafe place, so you must ensure that your child is comfortable using a bike and has had the correct training to cycle on the roads. Your child should also be supervised if they are of a young age. By simply making sure your child has the right sized bike, wears a helmet and visible jacket, you can ensure your child is cycling safely. Certain schools provide specific cycle training, so it’s worth looking into if you don’t feel too knowledgeable about bikes.
For little kids and big kids alike, scooters provide a quick and easy method of transport – ideal for getting the kids to school. Not only are they lightweight and foldable, kids scooters can cost as little as £10, here’s some handy options from Halfords.