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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Road Safety Visits

Road safety education starts with our youngest road users. Nurseries, playschools & early years foundation stage settings (EYFS) can access a free  resource tool kit to help deliver road safety messages. 

The resource called ‘The Children’s Traffic Club’ is based on three multi media DVD’s (containing a total of 48 weeks worth of materials) and an accompanying leader guide that has been carefully structured to follow the child’s development.

The simplest messages are introduced in the first DVD, then repeated throughout with different characters, stories, games, songs and activities. Gradually increasing in complexity as the resource progresses. 

An accompanying website hosts additional resources. It is hoped the resource will provide a year’s worth of activities to promote road safety education that can be used annually with each new group of children.

The resource complements the foundation stage of pre-school learning objectives stated in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation and supports the five outcomes of Every Child Matters.

It also links to the three prime areas of the Early Years framework:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical
  • Personal, social and emotional development

We also provide a free loan service of road safety role play equipment that can be used to accompany your own road safety activities.

Please contact the Road Safety Team for more information.

Primary and Comprehensive Schools (Key Stage 1, 2, 3,& 4)

As children progress through school road safety education is tailored to suit the needs of their year group through presentations, class room activities and workshops. We aim to encourage the young road user to develop their own strategy for coping with the road environment and begin to understand the importance of making safe choices.

Topics covered include:-

  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Passenger Safety
  • Cycle Safety

Schools are welcome to contact us and road safety visits can be tailored to suit particular curriculum areas. Our lesson plans are linked to national curriculum areas. 

Please contact the Road Safety Team on 0191 4333107 to organise a visit.

Many of our Gateshead schools are involved in the Schools Go Smarter project, which seeks to encourage safe and active travel to school by foot, cycle and public transport. 

It also aims to ensure that motorists give consideration to the needs of all road users when they park near schools. 

Learn more about the Schools Go Smarter project.

If you would like to join the Schools Go Smarter project, please contact the Road Safety Team for more information.

Gateshead schools have the opportunity to visit Safety Works. Safety Works is a multi-agency interactive safety centre serving the community of Tyne & Wear. It provides an innovative learning experience enabling visitors to participate safely in realistic situations illustrating everyday hazards and how to prevent them.

Safety Works education involves visiting a prepared scenario, identifying the dangers and learning what steps and actions to take to avoid the risk. 

By making the scenarios as realistic as possible and allowing for full participation the messages have greater impact & significance to visitors. Meaning an enhanced level of knowledge is acquired and remembered.

Staff from Gateshead Council Road Safety Team facilitate the road safety scenario at Safety Works when Gateshead schools and groups visit the Centre.

Learn more about Safety Works.

To organise a visit for your school or group please contact the Safety Works Centre Manager on 0191 4441130.

Sixth Form / Colleges

In sixth forms and colleges, particular focus is given to pre-licence and newly qualified licence holders.

With this group of road users we aim to:-

  • raise awareness and understanding;
  • educate young drivers and passengers to the potential consequences of their actions;
  • positively change attitude;
  • influence intended or actual behaviour;
  • increase knowledge and improve safety on the road.

Please contact the Road Safety Team to organise a visit to work with your students.

 

Contact Us

Road Safety
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

Tel: 0191 433 3107/433 3106