For the past three years, ELAA has delivered Starting Out Safely, Victoria’s early childhood road safety education program, in partnership with VicRoads.
We are excited to recently announce that this successful partnership will continue for a further three years to July 2017.
We enjoy working with educators, early childhood professionals, children and families through this important program, which is all about helping young children become safe and independent road users.
Together we have learnt a lot about road safety:
more than 3830 early childhood educators and tertiary students have attended a road safety professional development session;
over 1800 preschools have hosted a ThingleToodle session reaching over 24,400 young children;
more than 2400 parents and carers from culturally and linguistically communities have attended over 125 child car restraint information sessions; and
over 1300 family day care educators and over 100 maternal and child health nurses have attended our child car seat information sessions.
2015 will be another exciting year for us with more opportunities to arrange ThingleToodle visits; attend an engaging professional development session with one of our renowned early childhood experts; or access the useful educator resources to support your program to teach young children about being and becoming safe road users.
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 SafetyEducator Resources are consistent with the current quality principles in early learning, including the Early Years Learning Framework, the National Quality Standards and the National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education.
There are nine parts to this resource, including an introduction to the National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education, with eight National Practices. The free educator resources are available from the ELAA website.
...and free Road Safety 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 new policies are:
Road Safety and Safe Transport Policy (Early Childhood Services);
Road Safety Education Policy (Family Day Care); and