Daycare to resume bus service following Cairns tragedy
GOODSTART Early Learning will reinstate its bus services following a safety review after the tragic death of a child in Edmonton two weeks ago.
The bus service, which will restart Tuesday, was suspended following the devastating incident where a little boy died while in their care.
Chief executive officer Julia Davison said the organisation's primary focus in the past fortnight had been on the little boy's family as well as educators, families and children at the Edmonton Centres who had all been devastated by the tragedy.
"In the past ten years we have cared for almost half a million children and we have never had a death of a child in our care and it has hit us really hard and our teams remain distressed," she said.
Ms Davison said Goodstart took its responsibilities for the safety of children extremely seriously and constantly reviewed and updated policies and procedures with regular staff training.
The review led by Goodstart's national Safe Work team, has led to a number of changes being made to existing policies and nationwide mandatory refresher training has been rolled out.
There are now three clearly designated roles in the new bus procedure: Driver, supervisor and checker. Each will have specific roles and responsibilities.
The staff member who has the supervisor role on the bus is now required to sit at the back of the bus for the whole journey and check the bus is empty as they move towards the door
A centre-based checker will inspect the bus upon its return to the centre, double-check the roll and check off the children and observe adherence to procedure by the driver and supervisor. Once the children are returned to the centre, the checker will take and upload photographs to show the bus is empty.
Goodstart Early Learning Edmonton centre director Michael Glenn Lewis, 45, and staff member Dionne Batrice Grills, 34, from Manunda, have both been charged with manslaughter.
They appeared in Cairns Magistrates Court last week and were granted bail. Both cases were adjourned until March 18.