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Childcare health and safety policy

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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 policyExternal link (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.

Ban on stints (electric carts) to continue

The ban on stints is to continueExternal link following a report by the TNO research centre. According to the report, the stint failed on all six safety aspects investigated. Recommendations for safety requirements for such vehicles are expected to be published in February 2019. Before a modified version of the stint can be allowed on public roads again, it will have to be retested. The ministry should be notified of any similar motorised passenger carriers (classified in Dutch as bijzondere bromfiets) before they come onto the market. In October, the Minister of Transport Cora van Nieuwenhuizen imposed a temporary ban on stintsExternal link (electric carts popularly used by childcare organisations to transport children). The ban was imposed with immediate effect after preliminary results of an investigtion reported possible failings in the braking systemExternal link. The investigation into the safety of stints was launched following a tragic accident.

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