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Essential transport safety steps

 
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New guidance is now available on the department website to help services develop and maintain safe transportation practices.

Every day, parents across Queensland rely on early childhood services and transport operators to transport their children safely.

It only takes one shortcut on safety to have life-long consequences.

Every early childhood service that transports children must be vigilant of the possible dangers and have strategies in place to protect children in their care.

The new transport safety guidance maps out, in detail, essential steps to follow before, during and after any journey in a vehicle for both centre-based and family day care services.

It outlines when transport is considered part of an early childhood education and care service, providing specific examples.

The guidance also highlights key issues for services to consider when developing their transport risk assessment and other elements of their transport policy and procedure.

It is the responsibility of every approved provider and educator to ensure children are adequately supervised at all times, and that every reasonable precaution is taken to protect children from harm and from any hazard likely to cause injury.

The Regulatory Authority will take appropriate action against services when a child has been placed at risk.

More information

Learn more about essential transport safety measures for early childhood services.

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Last updated 16 July 2020