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If you own a childcare facility, you are required to have an up-to-date health and safety policy. You are required to draft, implement and evaluate this policy with all concerned parties and adapt it accordingly to ensure continual improvement.
Main health and safety requirements
- Everyone involved in your childcare facility works according to your health and safety policy (in Dutch).
- Your health and safety policy is up-to-date.
- The policy addresses the main risks with serious consequences for the health and safety of the children.
- Your pedagogical staff teach the children to deal with small risks.
- You describe how you reduce the risk of transgressive behaviour on the part of both adults and children.
- In the case of childcare centres, you describe the four-eyes principle.
- The policy contains a plan of approach describing how to limit risks and what action to take as soon as an unhealthy or unsafe situation occurs.
Stints (electric carts)
There are now stricter requirements for admission (in Dutch) of motorised passenger carriers (classified in Dutch as bijzondere bromfiets) such as the Stint. Stints are electric carts that were popularly used by childcare organisations to transport children. Stints were banned on public roads following a tragic accident. Manufacturers, importers or distributors who want to bring to market a new type of motorised passenger carrier, must apply to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) will assess the application and perform a technical examination. Vehicles similar to the Stint are allowed on public roads when they fulfil the stricter requirements and the manufacturer has applied for and received permission.
If you want to drive a motorised passenger carrier such as the Stint to transport children a driving skils training is mandatory.