KU Murrubin Playgroup

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KU MurrubHeader imgin Playgroup is an integral part of the KU Macarthur Parenting Program.  It’s held at KU Macquarie Fields Preschool each week.  Children and families come together to build connections, play and learn together and find out more about support services available in the local area.

Children’s bus journeys to and from playgroup are a fundamental part of their daily routine and the focus for passenger and pedestrian safety learning. Find out how staff at KU Murrubin include road safety education on the bus and in their programs for both children and families.

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Playgroup staff talked with Kids and Traffic about some common road safety challenges families faced when out and about with their children and when travelling to and from playgroup on the bus. They wanted to make sure children always hold hands with a grown-up  when walking to and from the bus and that they are always buckled up safely in car seats.

Staff planned fun and practical road safety education experiences for children and families as part of regular playgroup sessions. Together they focGate signused on how grown-ups help keep children safe when out and about. This helped to develop a shared understanding of safe travel practices expected at playgroup arrival and departure times.

Staff displayed the Kids and Traffic ‘Hold my Hand’ gate sign prominently at arrival and departure points and had regular conversations about it with children and families. They helped children make connections between how to keep safe at playgroup, at home and in the community.  Contact us to order a free Kids and Traffic ‘Hold my Hand’ gate sign for your service.

 

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Children, families and educators at KU Murrubin Playgroup engaged with road safety messages through talking, singing and role playing together. The children were actively involved in their road safety learning.

Educators used children’s enthusiasm for music and movement to further strengthen the hand-holding message. Parents and carers enjoyed joining with children to sing about all the places they walk to holding hands in their community.

Music, movement and role play are great ways to incorporate road safety into your everyday program. Include families by planning experiences around arrival and departure times.

Here we go walking holding hands,     Music notes

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All the way to …

the bus/the shops/the park/nan’s house …

(Tune: “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”)

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Singing road safety songs like “Here We Go Walking” was an ideal way to link pedestrian safety messages to families’ real life experiences.  This made transitions to and from playgroup easier and safer.  Families were able to immediately apply the ‘Hold my Hand’ message from the song. This kept their children safe and encouraged the transfer of safe hand-holding practices from one context to another.

 

Why not try using the “Here We Go Walking” song with children and families at your service…

  • Sing the song and include all the places children walk to in their community while safely holding a grown-up’s hand. Sing the song around departure time and invite the grown-ups to join in a few verses too!
  • Make a pedestrian crossing to use with the song. Join together black and white strips of paper or fabric or use chalk to draw one.Here we go walking poster
  • View or print the downloadable Kids and Traffic “Here we go walking holding hands” poster. It includes the words to the song and some great images of adults and children holding hands to keep safe in different environments. Use the poster to sing and talk about pedestrian safety with children and families.

 

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Taking photos of children and families at arrival and departure times is an effective way to encourage safe travel behaviours. It also provides you with images to use in your own service specific resources.

At KU Murrubin Playgroup photos were taken of children and families arriving and departing on the playgroup bus. This gave staff the chance to talk with families about using correctly fitted and age appropriate child car seats. The photos were also used to document safe arrivals and departures and to remind families that adults must always be responsible for children’s safety, not only at playgroup but also when out and about together.

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Staff used the photos to illustrate their own book called “Let’s Go Driving in the Bus”. The book documents the KU Murrubin experience for children and families.  It highlights the importance of safe journeys to and from playgroup each week in a positive and meaningful way for adults and children. Take a look at KU Murrubin’s “Let’s Go Driving in the Bus” book.

 

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Document safe arrivals and departures at your service by collecting photos of families’ safe travel practices. Be sure to consider all the ways children travel and the many adults in their lives who help them travel safely.

Collecting images of children holding a grown-up’s hand is a great place to start. Use images in a variety of ways to promote pedestrian safety and encourage family murr11involvement in your road safety education program. Use them to create books and posters and as inspiration for children’s drawing, writing and dramatic play. As you collect photos of children and families opportunities will arise for educators and families to talk together about road safety education at your service.

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Using children’s photos to make an Always buckle me up safely’ poster together can also help to build on their road safety knowledge. You can then display the poster to remind families of their responsibility to keep children safe in vehicles.

The playgroup’s poster was displayed prominently in the foyer at child level. Children initiated conversations with families and carers, pointing out themselves, their friends and siblings.

 

At your service encourage interest in important road safety messages by including images of the children and their families in your road safety education resources. Involve them in making your own ‘Always buckle me up safely’ poster.

  •  Ask families for photos of their children buckled up safely in the car.
  • Ensure the photos you select always show best practice. Check them against the guidelines for passenger safety photos.
  • Print or email the guidelines for families so they can refer to them BEFORE they start snapping away. This is an effective way of promoting the importance of making sure child restraints are used correctly and are appropriate for each child’s age and size.
  • Keep information bold, clear and simple to effectively engage families who are often in a rush at arrival and departure times.
  • Include details of your local Authorised Restraint Fitters – find out where they are here.

You can also share Kids and Traffic choose right buckle right (PDF 222kb) information with families to promote safe passenger travel practices.

 

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