There have been many stories that continue to happen with transportation issues in childcare. Children are left in vans, taken to the wrong school when transported to elementary schools in the morning, and picked up in the afternoon. Childcare centers have safety policies in place, but these accidents still happen. Childcare workers are often overwhelmed with the numbers of children that they transport, and it is a good idea to review training for childcare workers/teachers who transport children on a daily basis. It is also a good idea for parents to review your childcare center’s policies that are available in the center’s handbook.
Kids ‘R” Kids in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota is an example of a childcare center that has great points to review about the policies for transporting children who attend the center. The policies are divided into policies that are related to transporting children to and from their elementary school and the policies that relate to field trips.
To and From School:
*Kids ‘R’ Kids designates the public and private schools that they transport children to and from for before and after childcare.
*Transportation agreements are signed by parents for EACH school year. This eliminates the problem that might arise from out-of-date transportation arrangements.
*Vehicle Emergency Forms are completed by childcare workers/teachers who drive the childcare vans and are up-to-date.
*Parents are informed of the time that your child will be transported to their designated schools in the morning and afternoon.
*Parents must notify Kids ‘R Kids in advance if their child does not need transportation by the childcare center. There is a fee if there is no notification.
*Permission Forms are signed by parents and dated for EACH field trip.
*Vehicle Forms are completed by childcare workers/teachers who drive the childcare vans and are up-to-date for each trip.
*Children who go on the field trip are supplied with a t-shirt from their center. Names are not placed on the t-shirt. It is never a good idea to display a child’s name on their shirt.
*Each child wears an ID bracelet that is provided by the center.
Check out your child’s childcare center and review the policies that are in place for transportation. Knowledge of your center’s policies could help keep your child safe.