Road Safety Education News 23 February 2016
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Visit us at the Pregnancy and Baby Expo
Are you a new parent or parent-to-be? Visit us at the Starting Out Safely stand (D34) at the Pregnancy & Newborn Expo in Melbourne on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 February to find out more about transporting your baby safely.

The Starting Out Safely team will be answering questions on choosing and using the right child car seat.
Zora Marko, (Project Manager of the Starting Out Safely program) will present a parent information session on choosing, fitting and using the right child car seat or capsule for your child, as well as information on Victorian road laws and the impact of incorrectly-fitted child car seats.

Click on the link to download free event tickets and for more information about the Expo.

Safe Travel for All - TOCAN event
The Transportation of Children and Youth with Additional Needs Partnership (TOCAN) will be hosting a one day professional development event on Friday,18 March at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

The challenges that face families with children who are unable to fit into a  standard child restraint due to a physical, mental or emotional medical conditions, are not straight-forward. This professional development day is aimed at addressing up some common questions and issues surrounding the transportation of children and youth with additional needs.

Topics covered on the day will include international research and practice, AS/NZ Standards, complex care perspectives and cases, the management of behavioral challenges, and the family experience.

Go to the Royal Children’s Hospital TOCAN website for more information.

Fantastic free PD opportunities near you
You are invited to free professional development training with some of Australia’s leading early childhood presenters. The 90 minute sessions are especially for degree and diploma qualified educators and students.

The training sessions identify how road safety education is an enabler for children to become active participants in their communities. The training links to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), the National Quality Standard and the National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education.

We share practical strategies to support young children’s learning about road safety, centred on the latest evidence-based research. Our presenters include: Catharine Hydon, Louise Dorrat, Nicole Pilsworth and Gilda Howard.

Educators who have completed a professional development session will get priority consideration for ThingleToodle education incursions. Professional development sessions for term 1 and 2 include;

When Where RSVP
Tuesday, 22 March 2016  6.00-7.30pm (registration 5.45pm) Wyndham City Council, Civic Centre, Function Room 2 and 3
45 Princes Highway, Werribee
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
7.00 - 8.30pm (registration 6.45pm)
City of Wodonga – Venue TBA or
Wednesday, 27 April 2016  
7.00pm – 8.30pm (registration 6.45pm)
Maribyrnong City Council, Cnr Hyde & Napier Streets, Footscray or Phone: 9688 0115
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
7.00 - 8.30pm (registration 6.45pm)
Capital Theatre, Bendigo Bank Room, View Street, Bendigo
Tuesday, 21 June 2016  
7.00 - 8.30pm  (registration 6.45pm)
Casey Childcare & Kindergarten, 10 O’Shannessy Street, Pakenham
(educators from near-by services welcome)

Please contact us to arrange a session for your network of 15 or more dipolma or bachelor qualified educators at

We have some great free resources for educators...
Together with VicRoads and leading early childhood experts, ELAA has developed a set of Educator Resources to help early childhood educators embed road safety education into their early learning curriculum.

The Starting Out Safely Road Safety Educator Resources accord with the current quality principles in early learning and are available from the Child Road Safety website.

...and free Road Safely Education and Safe Transport Policies for service providers
In consultation with the Early Childhood and Family Day Care sectors, ELAA has developed Road Safety Education and Safe Transport Policies based on the NQF and the National Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles.

The purpose of the policies is to provide evidence-based, best practice guidelines to ensure children are kept safe while travelling as pedestrians, cyclists or passengers in vehicles - and are able to participate in road safety education to help them become safe and responsible road users.

These policies are:
  • Road Safety and Safe Transport Policy (Early Childhood Services);
  • Road Safety Education Policy (Family Day Care); and
  • Safe Transport Policy (Family Day Care)
The policies are free to download from the Child Road Safety website.

Please contact the RSE team on (03)9489 3500 or for more information.
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