Latchkey child - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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A child who is home alone after school or in general because their parents or guardians are at work. I know it makes me sound horrible, but I just don't want Tommy hanging out with those latchkey children from down the road. Being a latchkey child was tough at times, but it taught me the value of self-reliance at an earlier age than most.
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Now, the Video Doormana System has been enhanced with several new features, including forced entry notification, door ajar notification and latchkey child
notification to parents when their children come home from school.
The program schedules daily calls to an older person living alone, a person home alone after surgery, or a latchkey child
One reason it's so hard to get adequate full-day and latchkey child
care is that America has no unified system of care," she added.