Amberley O.S.H.C.

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3.6 Transport for Excursions

Children have the right to be safe while travelling in transport provided by Amberley OSHC.  All vehicles used need to comply with the appropriate legislation and regulations and Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act, 1995.  Maximum safety precautions will be maintained and parent permission will be obtained before a child travels on any type of transport.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Duty of Care
  • Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act, 1995 (Qld)
  • NQS Area: 1.1.5, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3; 4.1; 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 2.3 – Educator Ratios, 3.5 – Excursions, 4.16 – Vehicle Restraint, 10.9 – Risk Management and Compliance.

Procedures

Selecting Transport:

  • All vehicles used must be registered in Queensland.
  • Drivers are to be licensed to carry the required number of passengers for the purpose. The Service will request the transport company to provide confirmation and evidence of this fact before engaging the company for the excursion.
  • Educators generally are not permitted to transport children, but if permitted in any circumstances, the requirements of paragraphs above apply in relation to that educator and the transport used.
  • “A” Class vehicles will not be used to transport children except in an emergency situation.
  • In selecting transport, Amberley OSHC will ensure that a communication system is available for use in the event of emergency.
  • Amberley OSHC will in all cases check prior to the excursion what alternative arrangements are available in the event of breakdown.
  • Amberley OSHC will, where ever practicable and affordable, use buses fitted with seat belts or where this is not possible, ensure that suitable safety precautions are taken.
  • Children will not be left in the sole care and custody of bus drivers or others. Educator ratios for the Service will continue to apply during transportation (see Policy 2.3 – Educator Ratios).
  • Excursion Educator/child ratios will apply during transportation.

Vehicle breakdown/accident

  • In the event of injury occurring during transporting to an excursion, procedures as set out in the Illness and Injury Policy (see Policy 4.5) will be followed.
  • While waiting for replacement transport/repairs, children will be kept safe, comfortable and occupied with suitable activities.
  • In the event of a late return to the Service, every effort will be made to notify parents eg. to arrange for a notice to be displayed at the Service or to contact parents individually.
Reviewed 9 February 2015


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