Saturday, June 15, 2024

Children’s safety buckled up for new course

A new online educational child restraints resource initially designed for Oranga Tamariki employees has now been released for public use by online driver training provider, Fleetcoach.

Fleetcoach Chief Operating Officer, Craig Cockerton is urging parents and caregivers to take a look at the course. He has also appealed to business owners, particularly those in early learning education, to share the module with their employees.

“This course is here to support Kiwi parents and anyone in the business of caring for children to feel confident that they are doing all they can to ensure children are as safe as possible every time they get into the car,” he said.

Mr Cockerton says the educational initiative is also an important contribution to Road to Zero, New Zealand’s road safety strategy.

“The Road to Zero vision is zero deaths and serious injuries on New Zealand roads. We believe we’ve all got a part to play, and what better place to start than by ensuring our children are safe?”

The course features video content created by Waka Kotahi. National Education and Marketing Manager from Waka Kotahi, Lauren Cooke says they were pleased when Fleetcoach approached them to use their content.

“It’s vital that adults transporting children in their vehicle use child restraints that are correctly installed. It is great to see the content being used in this new initiative,” she said.

Oranga Tamariki spokesperson, Anne-Marie Sullivan says the course is already proving invaluable for staff.

“The new module is a great addition to the training we provide our staff, whose top priority is the safety of the tamariki in our care. As the Ministry for Children, we fully support this resource being made available to the public and encourage everyone to do their bit to keep our tamariki safe,” said Ms Sullivan.

The interactive course has been designed to include voice support for those with low literacy thanks to Hamilton-based text-to-speech platform, Voxcoda.

This is the first in several free resources Fleetcoach is making available to the public. All with the goal of having a wider, positive impact on road safety in Aotearoa.

Businesses will be able to integrate the child restraints course as a free learning object into their Learning Management Systems (LMS) to spread awareness among their staff.

Individuals or companies without internal LMS systems can also access the training material for free. To access the course, visit

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