Our ‘Kindy busses’ are used to take Kindergarten children on excursions, and to transport children to and from school. We are vigilant about transporting children. It’s a high priority item that has had some media attention and we’ve put strategies around it to manage the risk and protect the children in our care.
In early 2021, we installed an alarm system on our entire fleet of buses to ensure the safety of children in our care. Our fleet of commuter busses have been fitted with the technology at a cost of about $30,000. An alarm will sound unless a staff member walks to the back of the bus and turns it off, ensuring a visual check of the bus is carried out. Positioning it at the back of the bus ensures the person checks the bus for sleeping children as they walk through the bus to turn off the alarm and again as they exit.
We also reviewed all of our policies and procedures concerning the transportation of children, and implemented mandatory staff induction and training, but the most important thing we’ve done is fitting our commuter buses with technology to ensure that there’s a reminder check on the buses.