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.

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 contributes to the cost of staff relief.

Dates for upcoming Smart Steps workshops can be found here.

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