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One can understand your concern, because there's such a fine example in Ish Bo, who clearly should not be left at home alone, especially with access to the internet.
You haven't mentioned your daughter's age. But if she is able to travel home from school on her own, and handle sports and extra classes, she's presumably not an infant. Ah, reading your reply to others, I gather she's 9. That may be a little young, though potentially OK if there is a home help at home when she arrives, and also able to call for help if there is any problem. In some countries there is actually a law not allowing a parent to leave a child alone below a specific age, but obviously I don't know if such a regulation applies where you are. And 13 ought to be OK.
I certainly don't think you need wait till 18 ! Much also depends on how mature and esponsible your child is. There are some folks, like Ish Bo here, who wouldn't be safe to be allowed out alone even when 50.
J makes excellent points --- what do other parents around you do ? And the "afternoon club sounds potentially useful. Mona, too, makes good points about sensible precautions to consider. Ater all, you do have a helper there, to see how she is managing. And jay asks very wise questions. Also, you seem to be asking not whether to leave the child at home ALONE, with nobody, but how much longer you should plan to keep your helper at home --- wouldn't that be easier to judge as time goes on ?
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