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Why aren’t school zones in force around daycare centres?!

By BethiePrice - 2 October 2011 32

Standing at the front of my daughter’s daycare (admittedly in Queanbeyan but I have been told it’s the same in Canberra) I watch as at least 3 out of 5 drivers speed past the centre.

Some of them are travelling at more than 50km/hr which is the standard zone in a residential area.

I am puzzled that school zones are in place to protect our kids but not in place to protect our youngest generations.

Apparently if a childcare is connected to a school then the zones apply…does that mean it’s a too bad so sad situation if my daughter gets hit by an idiot outside her daycare?

At that age she doesn’t know road safety, she doesn’t know how to cross a road. And before you start I carry her in and out of the centre so she’s in no way able to run away from me…my point is, it only takes on person speeding down the road in the wet.

What’s Your opinion?


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Why aren’t school zones in force around daycare centres?!
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crackerpants 10:19 am
02 Oct 11
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Not something I’ve ever thought of before! But you’ve raised a good point. We’re lucky in that our daycare is situated in a quiet residential street, on a hill and a curve, so traffic tends to slow around there anyway, and the amount of cars turning in and out at peak times slows it down even more. We also have a dedicated carpark, so only have to park out on the street when it’s full. But I definitely see where you’re coming from…maybe you could contact the Queanbeyan Council with your concerns?

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m_ratt 10:48 am
02 Oct 11
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May as well make everywhere a school zone, because you never know when a ‘responsible’ adult carrying a child may want to walk near a road.

‘Won’t somebody please think of the children!’….

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Tooks 11:02 am
02 Oct 11
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I would hope your 3 or 4 year old daughter wouldn’t be roaming outside the gates alone.

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fabforty 11:47 am
02 Oct 11
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I guess this is because children young enough to be in day care should only be entering or leaving the place in the company of an adult.

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blimkybill 11:51 am
02 Oct 11
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There are important differences between a school and a day care centre:
– all day care centre have child proof fences, whereas schools are not necessarily fenced
– all parents must bring their children right into day care centres and sign them in, not allow them to make their own way there or take themselves in.

In essence there are no children walking or riding around outside day care centres without an adult right with them. I think that’s enough of a reason not to make them like a school zone.

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Henry82 12:14 pm
02 Oct 11
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fabforty said :

I guess this is because children young enough to be in day care should only be entering or leaving the place in the company of an adult.

yep, what he/she said, sounds plausible

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Ate 12:35 pm
02 Oct 11
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With 4 children tragically dying this fortnight after being hit by cars, I think we can say that no one can possibly watch a child every second of the day and it only takes one milisecond for something so horrible to happen its hard to fathom.

The child care workers at this centre didnt even know the child was missing. I am all for school zones around day care centres.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/fury-as-toddler-wanders-from-childcare-centre-20110525-1f3n4.html

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Gerry-Built 12:42 pm
02 Oct 11
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Having a sign out the front isn’t going to slow the 3 out of 5 drivers down to an appropriate speed; we’ve seen how effectively lowering the speed limit to 50km/h in the suburbs has worked to slow traffic. Also; Besides, cost of roadsigns, parents should be walking hand-in-hand with those under 4, parents have the duty of care etc…

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buzz819 12:45 pm
02 Oct 11
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Ate said :

With 4 children tragically dying this fortnight after being hit by cars, I think we can say that no one can possibly watch a child every second of the day and it only takes one milisecond for something so horrible to happen its hard to fathom.

The child care workers at this centre didnt even know the child was missing. I am all for school zones around day care centres.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/fury-as-toddler-wanders-from-childcare-centre-20110525-1f3n4.html

Didn’t these children die in driveways?? Maybe driveways should have a no reversing and 1 km/h limit?

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I-filed 12:55 pm
02 Oct 11
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I don’t think it’s feasible to apply 40 kph outside day care centres. Where do you draw the line? Home day care in individual residences? Should we drive at 40kph past ALL houses in case there’s a toddler in there? Because there is probably much more risk of a toddler exiting a suburban house than a daycare centre.

It may not be possible to watch a toddler every second of the day; what you do is you watch them vigilantly UNLESS they are in a secure fenced area that they cannot get out of. Onus is on adults around children to keep them safe.

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Watson 1:34 pm
02 Oct 11
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blimkybill said :

There are important differences between a school and a day care centre:
– all day care centre have child proof fences, whereas schools are not necessarily fenced
– all parents must bring their children right into day care centres and sign them in, not allow them to make their own way there or take themselves in.

In essence there are no children walking or riding around outside day care centres without an adult right with them. I think that’s enough of a reason not to make them like a school zone.

+1

If a child manages to get out of a childcare centre on their own, there is something seriously wrong with the supervision and the centre is liable for neglecting their duty of care. It’s not any different from letting your toddler wander out of your house and across the road on his own.

And I also agree that the d!ckheads that speed through a 50kph zone are not likely to slow down because there’s a school zone sign. You can come watch this at our school’s school zone in the morning. Bring some eggs or rotten tomatoes to throw at cars.

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54-11 1:51 pm
02 Oct 11
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Just another call for “them” ie, the government, to solve a problem of parental inabilities.

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Henry82 2:12 pm
02 Oct 11
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Ate said :

With 4 children tragically dying this fortnight after being hit by cars, I think we can say that no one can possibly watch a child every second of the day

You know, we could ban parents from having cars when they have kids. That would have solved the problem. Or we could discuss the issue at hand, not something off-topic.

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EvanJames 3:25 pm
02 Oct 11
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I think we need to build special child complexes, where everything is extremely safe for children. Trouble is, you’d have to keep the parents out because it is overwhelmingly parents who pose the greatest risk to children, statistically.

I like the idea though of concerned parents standing outside schools and bombarding speeding cars with eggs and rotting vegetables. I think that would be way more effective than the threat of speed cameras.

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milkman 3:46 pm
02 Oct 11
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buzz819 said :

Ate said :

With 4 children tragically dying this fortnight after being hit by cars, I think we can say that no one can possibly watch a child every second of the day and it only takes one milisecond for something so horrible to happen its hard to fathom.

The child care workers at this centre didnt even know the child was missing. I am all for school zones around day care centres.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/fury-as-toddler-wanders-from-childcare-centre-20110525-1f3n4.html

Didn’t these children die in driveways?? Maybe driveways should have a no reversing and 1 km/h limit?

Better still, ban 4WDs, which were what all the parents were driving when they hit their own kids.

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