As childminders we are out and about with the children a lot and we can help them by making sure we give them clear messages about road safety. If you are childminder who does the school run then road safety is essential.
While you are out and about you can give children opportunities to practice safety skills like ‘the Green Cross Code’. You can teach them how to use zebra crossings and pedestrian crossings with lights and buttons. Encourage children to help decide where and when it is safe to cross.
Use this free art project to teach the children road safety. Print off the templates, colour them in, cut them out and you’ve got your own miniature world to learn in. Where do the cars go? Where do the people go? Older children can try and get the people from the house to the park by crossing at the crossing.
Here is another free road safety art project. This one you can use to teach children about pelican crossings. For lots of the children of this age, pelican crossings are fun because they have the opportunity to press a button and make the traffic stop for them. As soon as they are able to differentiate between colours (from about 2 ½) they can be taught to look for the ‘little green man’.
When I was doing my childminding training course I remember one day imagining what it would be like to be a school run childminder. In my head it looked rather like this picture: all of the children securely roped together in a big long chain, ideally with large flashing lights on their heads so cars could spot them easily. How else would I possibly keep them alive all the way home? [read more]
QUIZ: Identify three ways this childminder could make her school run safer
Products that can help you to teach road safety
Printable safety and health art projects, activities and colouring pages to help childminders to teach 15 safety and health topics including bereavement, road safety, stranger danger, and sun safety and fire safety.
Keeping children safe and helping them learn to look after their own safety is part of the EYFS Statutory Framework.