According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are the top cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 12. Child care programs take on an additional liability when they decide to offer transportation services.
The surest way to keep children (and adults) safe in your vehicles is to spend time thinking about the risks of the situation and plan how to minimize those risks. You also need to think about how to respond if something doesn't go according to plan.
A Transportation Policy needs to address issues such as:
- Who can drive for you?
- What sort of insurance you will maintain?
- What kind of vehicle will you have?
- How will you maintain your vehicle safely?
- What kind of paperwork do you need to keep?
- What steps will you take to keep children and staff safe when they are outside of your facility?
Think about the risks involved in transporting children, have a plan to minimize those risks, train your staff on the plan, inform parents of your plan, and help the children understand their responsibilities in keeping safe. These simple steps can help you keep children safe when they are not in your facility.