Advice for Parents and Guardians
Teaching road safety is one of the most important duties of a parent. It must include teaching children to behave properly when they use public transport. Minibuses are not places for play. Please read these guidelines before allowing your child to make a minibus journey.
Pick Up and Drop Off Points
- Be punctual: Make sure your child is ready at the proper time. It is your responsibility to ensure that your child gets to and from the minibus safely. Make sure your child knows what to do if the minibus is late or does not arrive.
- Wait with your child: Wait on the side of the road where the bus stops. Make sure you stand on the side of the road where the bus sets them down on the return journey. Avoid calling your child across the road to you. Children are excited when they have just come back from a minibus outing and traffic will be the last thing on their mind.
- Safe Crossing Places: Make sure that your child knows and understands what are safe crossing places, and how to use them. E.g.: zebra crossings, pelican crossings, central islands, subways, footbridges. Avoid more hazardous places like bends, corners, the brows of hills, between parked cars etc. Use the Green Cross Code. Make sure your child knows and understands how to use the Code. Young children should not be allowed to cross the road unaccompanied.
- Meet your child: Make sure that you, or another carer are at the pre-arranged meeting point when your child returns home, and have the telephone number of other parents, the school or other relevant contact person to pass on messages if required.
- Safe route: Make sure that both you and your child know the safest route home after leaving the minibus, and always use it.
On the Minibus
- Behaviour: Teach your child to act sensibly on or around minibuses. Make sure your child knows that boisterous and other poor behaviour is dangerous as it may distract the driver’s attention and lead to an accident. Children need to listen to the driver’s and escort’s (if applicable) instructions and carry them out.
- Contact Details: Make sure that the person responsible for the minibus has up-to-date information about your child, including contact details for emergencies.
- Medical Details: If your child has any special requirements, make sure the person responsible for the minibus has all relevant medical information.
- Other Details: Advise the driver (and escort) if there is a particular difficulty with your child on the day of the trip, e.g. is upset. Consider whether your child should go on the journey in such circumstances.
- Damage: Any vandalism caused by your child whilst on a journey is your responsibility. Persistent offenders may not be accepted on future journeys. Damage to a minibus could endanger your own, or someone else’s child.
- Concerns: Report any worries you may have to a responsible person, such as the Headteacher or group leader.