Ongoing drug and road safety education programs can build students’ resilience and increase their competency in skills needed to be able to make responsible decisions in traffic and drug-related situations.
Being healthy and safe in the primary years includes learning about:
- safe travelling practices such as wearing a bicycle helmet when riding, wearing a restraint, crossing roads and being a responsible passenger when using public transport
- the potential harms from legal and illegal drugs such as caffeine and energy drinks, tobacco, alcohol and cannabis
- different thinking styles and how these can be used to manage emotional responses to challenging situations, making decisions, and maintaining relationships.
This comprehensive road safety program for educators, parents and carers of 0 – 8 year old children is delivered in two components:
1) as a professional learning seminar for early childhood educators
2) as a suite of resources for educators, parents and carers, and children.
Visit the Smart Steps resources page to access the Smart Steps Presenter's Kit, storybooks, colouring in sheets and online game.
Challenges and Choices
Challenges and Choices provides learning activities that help teachers deliver contemporary, age-appropriate resilience, drug education and road safety programs. Practical examples of how teachers and families can promote the learning of personal and social skills (such as helpful thinking, positive attitudes, recognising and managing emotional responses, seeking help, and making friends) in children are also provided.
Road Map is a road safety directory for schools and communities guides schools and parents to agencies in Western Australia who offer road safety education programs, professional learning, resources, presentations and websites.
The Connect directory provides contact details for a diverse range of community based health education, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and mental health support services located throughout WA. These services support school staff, parents and students by offering programs that complement a school’s AOD education initiatives, and providing counselling, information and referral for those experiencing concerns around their own or someone else’s mental health or AOD use.
National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education
The national practices will guide early childhood educators and policy makers to develop, implement and evaluate evidence based road safety programs that support children’s and families learning about road safety. The eight practices are based on research and are aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework. These resources will help early childhood educators embed road safety education into their curriculum while addressing areas of the Early Years Learning Framework and the national practices.