21 May 2015

One of the many advantages of homebased childcare is that Educators and children can explore their local communities and learn from the many opportunities that are provided in these excursions.  These include playgroups, visits to the local park and libraries, and walks around the block.  Not only are children learning from all that is offered in their communities, it is also a great opportunity to talk with and promote road safety with children.

Regular excursions allow for children to revisit the ideas associated with road safety making learning meaningful and embedding their learning into their daily activities.  Educators, families and whanau have a key role to play in supporting this learning and assisting children to develop the skills and attitudes associated with safe road use.  The first step is to ensure that at all times adults are role modelling good road safety practices.  Some further ideas to support children's learning of road safety:

  • Always hold hands when walking.
  • Actively supervise children when around roads and vehicles.
  • When walking with children, talk with them about the road signs, traffic lights and the rules when crossing the road.
  • Being aware of driveways.

To ensure children are well seen and visible when walking in the community, Nurtured at Home has purchased hi-viz yellow vests and supplies these to all Educators.