For Parents of Young Children
Your child’s early years have a big effect on their future health and wellbeing development. Supporting the early years from birth through to playgroups, childcare, kindergarten and starting school, SDERA offer resources and education sessions for parents about resilience, drug and road safety.
Your child’s mental health and wellbeing is vital for their learning and development. If your child has a strong sense of wellbeing and positive mental health, and develops social and emotional skills, they will have confidence and optimism, which will help their learning and prepare them for success, engagement and satisfaction in later life.
Early childhood educators recognise the important role families play in fostering a healthy mind for living and learning. Your child’s service or Kindergarten can support your family by giving you advice on how to develop positive relationships with your child and encouraging your child to be resilient.
We all interact with traffic each day. Young children need to be shown how to do this safely and with the help of an adult. Smart Steps is SDERA's early childhood road safety education program that provides educators and parents with suggestions and ideas on how to build children's knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe in the traffic environment.
Smart Steps resources include suggestions on how to teach children to cross roads safely, all about car restraints, where to play safely and how to be a safe passenger.
Early years road safety fact sheets
Izzy's road safety game
Izzy is SDERA's road safety mascot who knows how to stay safe in the traffic environment. Please note: The Izzy interactive road safety game is flash based and consequently compatible with PC computers only.
Your guide to child car restraints
It is the law that all children under 16 years of age, when travelling in a motor vehicle in Western Australia, must be restrained in a suitable restraint that is properly adjusted and fastened.
The information in this brochure will assist you in making the correct choices when buying and using child car seats.
Visit the Child Car Seats website for more information on buying a child car restraint.
Buckle Up Brochures
Buckle up every child, every trip. Having your child in a car restraint is the law.
The Road Safety Booklet for Parents and Carers
The Smart Steps: Road Safety Booklet for Parents and Carers has key road safety messages for parents to use and share with children such as – always hold a grown up’s hand when crossing the road. The three activity cards in the booklet can be used to engage children in their road safety education. A free copy of this booklet is provided when playgroups, day care centres or early learning centres run a parent Smart Steps workshop.
Learning about drugs needs to start from an early age. Knowing that prescribed and over-the-counter medicines need to be administered by an adult they trust, moving away to avoid passive smoking, recognising warning symbols on household products are all talked about in an early childhood drug education program.
Parents can talk about medicines, hazardous substances, passive smoking, caffeine in energy drinks with their children, and explain why all drugs have the potential to cause harm.