latchkey child

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latchkey child

n.
A usually school-age child who regularly spends part of the day unsupervised at home while the parents are at work.

latchkey child

n
a child who has to let himself or herself in at home on returning from school, as his or her parents are out at work

latch′key child`


n.
a child who must spend part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work.
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Noun1.latchkey child - a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)
school-age child, schoolchild, pupil - a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
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It was for Gen Xers that the term "latchkey children" was invented, many because their working parents left them alone until they could get home from work.
ERIC Descriptors: Educational Opportunities; Educational Policy; After School Programs; Program Descriptions; Access to Education; School Business Relationship; Family Work Relationship; State Policy; State Action; Information Sources; Child Care; Latchkey Children; Child Advocacy; Leadership Role
What do some latchkey children come home to - an empty house and nobody to interact with.
There are out-of-school clubs for latchkey children.
Latchkey children from lower socioeconomic groups tend to stay inside after school because many do not live in areas with parks or other places their parents deem safe for unsupervised play outside their homes.
Han Lee, the chair of the Board of the Kawasaki Cultural Centre showed us a Day Care Senior's Centre and a large drop-in facility for 600 latchkey children. The KCCJ, said Lee, operates these centres with some government assistance.
And it will do much to improve the lives of the latchkey children who are currently forced to go home to empty houses and fend for themselves.
If we are to avoid a generation of latchkey children with little else to occupy themselves with in the free hours between their parents leaving and returning for work and school, or if we are to retain an essential part of the Welsh workforce, we must as a nation be prepared to pay full cost to ensure childcare does not become an ideal of the past.
Kwame's first taste of fame came in Grange Hill, after which he took a lead in 80s series The Latchkey Children.
They also mean more "latchkey children" left home alone from the time they leave school until their parents get home from work--children who tend to be less active and eat more fattening snacks.
Hundreds of senior citizens and latchkey children now use this center on a daily basis.
"At risk and latchkey children: Concerns for school library media specialists" by Daniel Barron discusses ways that teacher-librarians can address the needs of latchkey children and at-risk students.