Smart Steps Resources

The Smart Steps: Making safer choices - Taking smarter steps program is a comprehensive road safety education program for educators and parents and carers. The resources in this program have recently been revised and present adults with suggestions on how to help young children to develop skills, behaviours and attitudes so that they can stay safe when travelling as passengers, pedestrians and users of bikes and wheeled toys.

Smart Steps: Making safer choices - Taking smarter steps

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OVERVIEW DOCUMENT

The Smart Steps: Making safer choices - Taking smarter steps overview document explains how the Smart Steps program has been constructed and the links to national and state-based frameworks and curriculum that underpin the program resources.​


National Practices for Early Childhood and Road Safety Education

Road safety education must be informed by research and developmentally appropriate. The Smart Steps: Making Safer Choices - Taking Smarter Steps program has adopted the eight National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education (Waters, Baker, &; Bruce, 2012) which are research-based and aligned to the practices in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

Use the following resources to embed road safety education in the curriculum within your service.

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Assessment for learning Continuity of learning and transitions Cultural competence Holistic approaches
 International teaching document thumbnail image Learning environments document thumbnail image Learning through play document thumbnail image Responsiveness to children document thumbnail image 
Intentional teaching Learning environments Learning through play Responsiveness to children


Case studies using the National Practices for Early Childhood and Road Safety Education

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A visit from Izzy Building connectedness Growing up! The bike event


Using SDERA resources to teach, explore and practice road safety

Browse the Smart Steps: Making Safer Choices - Taking Smarter Steps resources to teach, explore and practise road safety.

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  Passenger Safety Pedestrian Safety Safety on Wheels
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  Challenges and Choices
Pre-Primary
Challenges and Choices
Year 1
Challenges and Choices
Year 2


Key road safety messages to teach

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Key message: Passenger safety Key message: Pedestrian safety Key message: Rider safety


Smart Steps Presenter's Kit

The Smart Steps Presenter's Kit provides all of the resources required to assist educators to run a Smart Steps Parent Workshop on behalf of your early learning service.

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Book 1: User Guide  Book 2: Passenger Safety Book 3: Pedestrian Safety Book 4: Play Safely

 

Additional Resources in the Smart Steps Program


Road Safety Booklet for Parents and Carers

Road Safety Booklet for Parents cover image 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.

Smart Steps Traffic Mat

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The Smart Steps Traffic Play Mat has been designed and included in the Smart Steps program to encourage children to explore the traffic environment. Through creative play using the play mat, children can apply and enhance their road safety knowledge.

An information guide has been created to support and provide some suggestions on how the play mat can be used in an early childhood setting to foster road safety knowledge and understanding.

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The Smart Steps Traffic Play Mat (AO size)​ is provided to participants who attend a half day Smart Steps professional learning workshop.

* One play mat per organisation

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.

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Click Clack and That’s the Sound the Street Makes road safety storybooks

These beautifully illustrated storybooks written by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane share road safety messages suitable for early childhood programs and families. A free mobile and tablet app for Apple and Android devices can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play for Click Clack and That’s the Sound the Street Makes. The apps have narration and bring the characters to life with sounds and animation. The tablet versions have bonus games to further learning about road safety. Each storybook costs $10.00 and can be ordered using the resource order form.


You can also download the Click Clack app for:


You can also download the That's the Sound the Street Makes app for:

Izzy's road safety storybooks

Our road safety mascot Izzy features in these three storybooks that have age-appropriate road safety messages for young children and families such as ‘buckle up’, ‘hold my hand’ and ‘always play away from roads’. A set of three Izzy storybooks costs $10.00 and can be ordered using the resource order form.

                                                        

Izzy's road safety game

Izzy's online road safety game helps you learn all about road safety. There are games to play, stories to read and songs to sing. Please note: The Izzy interactive road safety game is flash based and consequently compatible with PC computers only.

Izzy's road safety colouring in sheets

Download an Izzy sheet for children to add colour to and talk about staying safe around roads.

     
   

 

Smart Steps songs

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Passenger Safety
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Pedestrian Safety
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Safety on Wheels

A ride in the car

Listen to the MP3

© Vic Roads/ Melissa Perrin

 
The hold my hand rap

Listen to the MP3

Download the music and lyrics

© Vic Roads/ Melissa Perrin

 
A safe place to play

Listen to the MP3

Download the music and lyrics

© Vic Roads/ Melissa Perrin

Click clack

Listen to the MP3

© Franciscus Henri/Origin Network PTY LTD/NSW Roads and Traffic Authority)

Before we cross the street

Listen to the MP3

Download the music and lyrics

© Vic Roads/ Melissa Perrin

Silly Billy and Silly Gilly

Listen to the MP3

Download the music and lyrics

© Franciscus Henri/Origin Network PTY LTD/NSW Roads and Traffic Authority)

Rolling down the highway

Listen to the MP3

© Vic Roads/ Melissa Perrin

   
The seatbelt song

Listen to the MP3

Download the music and lyrics

© Franciscus Henri/Origin Network PTY LTD/NSW Roads and Traffic Authority)

   
The footpath side

Listen to the MP3

Download the music and lyrics

© Franciscus Henri/Origin Network PTY LTD/NSW Roads and Traffic Authority)

   

Discussion photos

Download the discussion photos containing discussion points and key messages related to each topic.

1. Restraints

2. Safety door

3. Safer journeys

4. Hands are for holding

5. Crossing the road

6. Safer places to play

7. Bikes, helmets and shared paths

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