Smart Steps for early learning

Originally developed in 2005 with a parent engagement focus, the Smart Steps program was revised specifically for early childhood educators working with children up to 8 years of age, to enable road safety to be embedded in early learning centres and school practices.

The program aims to:

  • enhance educators’ understanding of the developmental capabilities of children in the traffic environment
  • focus on the key messages to teach children so that they can remain safer in the traffic environment
  • provide a range of teaching and learning strategies educators can use with children to build their road safety knowledge and skills
  • explore strategies to engage parents in their children’s road safety education.

SDERA Manager, Anne Miller explained the need for road safety education from an early age.

“Children are not aware of the dangers that surround them in a traffic environment and it’s our responsibility as educators and parents to embed safe road use behaviours from an early age,” she said.

“Through our Smart Steps: Making safer choices – Taking smarter steps program educators can embed road safety education into the early learning curriculum and guide children’s learning so they become safe and independent road users of the future.”

The program links to the:

  • National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education
  • Early Years Learning Framework and in particular the 8 practices
  • National Quality Standard
  • WA Kindergarten Guidelines
  • WA Health and Physical Education Syllabus

The program is free for educators working in early learning centres and for school teachers with students in Kindergarten to Year 2.  A half day professional development workshop unpacks the Smart Steps resources. Attendees will receive over thirty free materials to run the program, including teacher resources, posters, stickers, story books and a large road safety play mat. SDERA also provides $175 to contribute to the cost of staff relief.

Dates for upcoming Smart Steps workshops can be found here.

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