Early childhood road safety education resources

Early childhood road safety education resources are available to assist early childhood educators to embed road safety education into their programs.

There are two core road safety education resources for early childhood. VicRoads also provides enrichment resources for the early childhood sector, including:

  • child restraint and booster seat resources
  • storybooks
  • road safety education play mat
  • educational puzzles
  • stickers.

Details about these resources are available below.

The National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education have been developed by early childhood education and road safety experts across Australia and New Zealand.

The eight national practices are aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework.

The National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education guide early childhood educators and curriculum developers in implementing road safety education programs that maximise a child’s learning about road safety in the context of family and community.

To learn more about the practices, view the National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education information flyer.

National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education information flyer [PDF 205 Kb]


The Starting Out Safely Road Safety Educator Resource has been developed to support early childhood educators to embed road safety education into their early learning curriculum. 

The resource is based on the National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education, which are  aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework.

The following partners contributed to the development of this resource:
  • Catharine Hydon 
  • VicRoads
  • Early Learning Association Australia
  • Gowrie Victoria
  • Transport Accident Commission (funding partner)
The Starting Out Safely Road Safety Educator Resource consists of nine parts - an introduction and eight resource documents, one for each of the National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education. The introduction contains important information about how this resource can be used to embed evidence based, effective and meaningful road safety education in the curriculum.

To learn more about the evidence upon which this resource is based, please refer to the article published in Australasian Journal of Early Childhood titled Looking both ways: The intersection of road safety education and early childhood research (External link)

Note: Please download the PDF documents below unless you have a disability which affects access to the web (in which case please download the WORD documents).

Starting Out Safely Road Safety Educator Resource

Introduction [PDF 1.06Mb]

Introduction [DOCX 1.04Mb]

Holistic approaches [PDF 1.45Mb]

Holistic approaches [DOCX 3.11Mb]

Responsiveness to children [PDF 1.60 Mb]

Responsiveness to children [DOCX 3.42Mb]

Learning through play [PDF 1.30Mb]

Learning through play [DOCX 2.89Mb]

Intentional teaching [PDF 1.29Mb]

Intentional teaching [DOCX 2.71Mb]

Learning environments [PDF 1.21 Mb]

Learning environments [DOCX 2.62Mb]

Cultural competence [PDF 1.22Mb]

Cultural competence [DOCX 2.69Mb]

Continuity of learning transitions [PDF 1.73Mb]

Continuity of learning transitions [DOCX 3.51Mb]

Assessment for learning [PDF 1.36Mb]

Assessment for learning [DOCX 2.90Mb]

New best practice Road Safety Education and Safe Transport Policies have been developed based on the National Quality Framework 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 to become safe and responsible road users. The policies were developed to use in early childhood services and Family Day Care settings.

Policy for Early Childhood services

Road Safety Education and Safe Transport policy (early childhood services)  [DOCX 48 Kb]

Policies for Family Day Care services

Road Safety Education policy (Family Day Care) [DOCX 36 Kb]

Safe Transport policy (Family Day Care) [DOCX 46 Kb]

 

Description

We have teamed up with the RACV, TAC and Kidsafe to provide a range of free resources to help families and educators to understand the child restraint road rules.

Materials

Image of Child restraints brochure. Two children sitting in a restraintAll materials are free of charge
  • Child restraints, booster seats and adult seat belts


  • Pocket guide to child restraints

Using restraints checklist poster
  • Using restraints checklist






These materials can be ordered by calling VicRoads on (03) 8391 3255

 

Age group

3 to 8 years

Description

These beautifully illustrated storybooks with road safety messages are suitable for early childhood programs, lower primary and families. We have developed free mobile and tablet apps for Apple and Android devices, based on the 2012 storybooks Click Clack and That’s the Sound the Street Makes. The apps add narration and bring the characters to life with sounds and animation. The tablet versions have bonus games to further learning about road safety. The free apps can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play.

Materials

Click Clack front coverClick Clack by Danny Katz, illustrated by Mitch Vane (2012) - $7.20





Sounds of the street coverThat’s the Sound the Street Makes by Danny Katz, illustrated by Mitch Vane (2012) - $7.20





When Penny was mum posterWhen Penny was Mum by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Chantal Stewart (1992) - $4.60






First best friends posterFirst Best Friends by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Donna Rawlins (1992) - $4.60





Don't forget cheese pa posterDon’t Forget the Cheese, Pa! by Gwenda Smith, illustrated by Mitch Vane (1992) - $4.60





These materials can be ordered by calling VicRoads on (03) 8391 3255

The road safety education play mat has been designed to complement the Starting Out Safely resources. We engaged Gowrie Victoria (External link) to develop an educator and family resource guide, with references to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

Road safety education play mat

Age group

3 to 10 years

Description

The play mat allows children to explore a Victorian road environment, while enhancing their road safety knowledge and understanding. The play mat depicts a street scene including Victorian roads and signage and a variety of features children see and experience in their everyday environment.

Materials

80 cm x 118 cm vinyl, water resistant play mat.

Cost

Play mats are also available for purchase at a cost of $20 each.

Orders

Play mats can be ordered by calling VicRoads on (03) 8391 3255

Additional resources

Play mat - Educator and family resource [PDF 2.2 Mb]

Age group

3 to 5 years

Description

High quality puzzles by TuzzlePuzzles will be a valuable addition to a centre’s road safety education resources.

Materials

Thingle Tootle Mascot puzzleThingleToodle jigsaw puzzle - $12.50







Thingle Tootle Crossing puzzleCrossing the road jigsaw puzzle - $19.00 




These materials can be ordered by calling VicRoads on (03) 8391 3255

Ordering resources

To order VicRoads publications please visit our online bookshop or call us on (03) 8391 3255


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