Children Take Small Steps In Safety Week Focus
14 June 2012
City children will be taken on a guided walk through the basic
rules of the road as part of activities to mark the start of
national Child Safety Week at Gladstone Primary School, Gladstone
Street, Peterborough, on Monday 18 June 2012 at 9.30am.
Based on this year's ‘Small Steps to Safety’ theme, the
pedestrian training will help children stay safe on their journey
to and from school and the activity will form part of several
events being delivered by the SaferPeterborough partnership.
The pedestrian training scheme is in its 11th
year and is designed to highlight a number of key road safety
messages to children and parents. More than 10,000 reception
children and their parents have participated in the scheme and this
year 18 Peterborough schools have taken part.
Clair George, Road Safety Officer for the
SaferPeterborough partnership, said: "Pedestrian training involves
a short walk around the local area, in the street and outside the
school to introduce basic rules of the road to help children stay
safe on their journey to school. Throughout the training session
the basic message of ‘Stop, Look and Listen’ is explained and a
strong emphasis is placed on the importance of holding hands.
"Young children should never be out near roads
on their own - even when they have started school - they should
always be accompanied on their journey by a responsible adult. The
best way to teach road safety is to practice in real life
situation. Children learn by example and parents and carers are an
excellent role model as they can set a good example when they deal
with different situations on a daily basis."
Other road safety activities being delivered
during the week include: Child car seat checks and distribution of
road safety literature to parents and children. Children centres in
Peterborough have also received various resources to promote key
road safety messages.