Tregear Presbyterian Preschool

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Tregear ArrowPresbyterian Preschool is located in Sydney’s Greater West. Its dedicated educators work closely with their community. Understanding local community issues and concerns helps them shape a meaningful early childhood curriculum for children and provides many opportunities to partner with families.

Take a look at how educators use daily journeys on their preschool bus to focus more widely on road safety issues affecting children and families.


One of the ways educators at Tregear create and maintain connections with their community is through their pick-up and drop-off service. This helps many children access preschool and is an integral part of the service.

Every day, the preschool transports up to 15 children aged 3-5 years in the van they call the ‘preschool bus’. This service is valued by families and makes pick-ups and drop-offs safe and easy.TregearDriver

Children are sometimes taken home to different family members, so educators need to think creatively about how to share the Kids and Traffic Key Road Safety Messages with extended families and other carers. Educators understand how crucial it is to help all the adults in children’s lives understand and use these important road safety messages.

Share the Kids and Traffic ‘Key Road Safety Messages for adults’ with families and other carers at your service.

BoyChildResThe preschool bus is fitted with child car seats appropriate for the age and size of each child. Each day families entrust the bus driver and one of the educators to make sure that children are safely buckled up on their journeys to and from preschool .

Do you need to transport children at your service? Use the guidelines for safely transporting children in buses to make sure you are following legislative and best practice requirements.

 

During one of our Kids and Traffic professional development workshops, educators at Tregear explored ways to include road safety education in their ongoing program.

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Educators at Tregear Presbyterian Preschool brainstorming strategies during the Kids and Traffic workshop, ‘An Early Childhood Framework for Road Safety Education’

Together with Kids and Traffic consultant Laura, they talked about these strategies for partnering with families and responding to children’s interests more meaningfully. 

Educators identified specific road safety challenges for children and families at arrival and departure times. They prioritised strategies that had worked in the past and came up with new ideas to trial. This approach gave educators a chance to think about ways road safety education could be better embedded in their policies, programs and partnerships with families.

Book a place online in one of our free Kids and Traffic workshops or contact us for more details.

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During the workshop, educators thought about children’s current interest in reading and interpreting signs, symbols and environmental print when traveling on the preschool bus. They decided to build on this interest as parresourcest of their road safety education program.

Educators created a mini-road environment around their bike track by adding laminated cardboard road signs. They talked with the children about the road signs and what they meant. This helped build children’s road safety understanding and broadened their language and literacy skills.

Contact us for a free set of cardboard road signs and ideas for using them.

As a dramatic EducatorTwoChildrenplay experience, children and educators walked around their playground, imagining they were out in the real road environment. Educators asked children open-ended questions about how they keep safe with grown-ups. They looked at the ‘Hold My Hand/Please Shut the Gate’ sign on the preschool gate and talked about the Kids and Traffic Key Pedestrian Safety Message ‘Always hold a grown-up’s hand’.

Educators and families helped the children practise being safe pedestrians at arrival and departure times. As they transitioned on and off the preschool bus, the children were able to recall their previous discussions and remind the grown-ups in their lives to “always hold my hand”.

Dramatic play linked to children’s own experiences can be a very useful way to help children learn about road safety.

Educators collected photos of children engaged in road safety experiences at preschool and while catching the preschool bus.

Together with the Kids and Traffic team, they used these photos to make a collaborative road safety education big storybook to read with the children.

Mini versions of the bBookook were also made and sent home with each child as a way to document children’s experiences at preschool and share road safety messages with families.

Read Tregear’s storybook, “The journey home from preschool”, with children or use it as inspiration for making your own road safety photo storybook.


 

 

 

 

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