About us

Kids and Traffic, the NSW Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program, was first located at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, in 1991.  A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on February 8, 1995, by the Chief Executive, NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, and the Vice Chancellor, Macquarie University.  In July, 2003, the Program partnered with Access Macquarie Limited, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of Macquarie University that works closely with government, industry and communities.

Kids and Traffic is funded by Transport for NSW’s Centre for Road Safety.  Our Program is part of the statewide road safety education program, along with the Association of Independent School (AIS), Catholic Education Commission (CEC) and the Department of Education and Communities (DEC).


We aim to achieve improvements in young children’s safety in the short term and develop safe community attitudes to road use in the long term by:

  • increasing awareness of the need for road safety education for children and their families
  • fostering developmentally, culturally and socially appropriate practices for the delivery of road safety education with early childhood educators and tertiary early childhood education students
  • ensuring that young children are given consistent road safety messages by both early childhood educators and families.


The philosophical guidelines underpinning our work include:

  • responding to individual differences in the developmental pathways of young children
  • acknowledging and supporting the different learning styles of young children
  • supporting partnerships between early childhood educators and families
  • recognising the uniqueness of local communities
  • respecting social and cultural diversity.


Principle 1:
Young children are not and cannot be made responsible for their own safety in the traffic environment. Adults are responsible for the safety of young children.

Principle 2:
The use of consistent Key Road Safety Messages by all the adults in a young child’s life – families, educators and other carers – enables them to engage young children in road safety learning without any expectation that they are then safe and independent road users.

Principle 3:
Consistent road safety education is a crucial element of the Safe System. Road safety information, including advice and Key Road Safety Messages for children and adults, must be determined in ongoing consultation with recognised road safety authorities.

Principle 4:
Early childhood road safety learning and teaching need to encompass all aspects of best practice in early childhood education. Specifically, in early childhood services, road safety education needs to align with the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care and the evidence-based Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF).


We provide professional development workshops, road safety education information, resources, road safety strategies and advice to:

  • Families and carers of young children
  • Educators, staff and families in early childhood services
  • Universities, TAFE Colleges and other providers of early childhood education courses
  • State government departments including police and local government Road Safety Officers
  • Health, early intervention and family support services
  • Other peak early childhood and road safety organisations.


PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Maureen Fegan

EARLY CHILDHOOD ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION CONSULTANTS
Adrienne Beattie
Caroline Brigden
Louise Cosgrove (Team Leader)
Linda Harrison
Amanda Menzies
Laura Stone

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS
Mardi Cochran
Suzanne Snowball