This is an online course designed to increase the child care provider's knowledge of the importance of using child safety seats correctly on every trip. The course is also intended to increase the understanding that installing a car seat can sometimes be a complex process. Child care staff are required to protect children in their care during every aspect of a trip. This includes making sure best practice is followed when selecting and installing car seats, as well as, accounting for everyone during trips.
There are many different considerations involved in correctly transporting children. Choosing a safe vehicle is of great importance. The safest vehicles are small school buses which are built to strict government standards and offer greater crash protection. Selecting the proper car seat for each child requires knowing the child's age, weight, height and physical development. In order to secure the car seat properly, a care giver must have knowledge about the different types of seat belt systems available in vehicles including vans and small school buses.
This online course makes it more convenient for child care staff to fulfill the required two clock hours in transportation safety as mandated by Jacob's Law. The course is not intended to provide a certification in child passenger safety. Child care staff are encouraged to consult with a nationally certified child safety seat technician in order to get one-on-one education on how to install car seats in their vehicles. You can find more information about certification in child passenger safety by clicking on the TDFPS link below.
Topics covered in this online course also include protecting children in and around vehicles and keeping track of children on field trips. Both are minimum standards as set forth by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, as well as, best practice for transporting children are presented in the course.