With increased amounts of traffic nowadays, the safety of children on our roads has never been more important and so it is vital that children learn how to be safer pedestrians and road users. The Footsteps scheme from Oxfordshire County Council can help.
When children are at Primary School, they are normally brought to school by their parents or carers who ensure they cross the road safely by telling them where and when it is safe to cross. This doesn't always prepare children for the time when they start to walk to school without an adult.
The aim of the Footsteps programme is to encourage parents and carers to help prepare their child for the time they will be independent. They will do this by including the child in decision making while they are together. This is a gradual process that can be adapted to the child’s age and ability and parents will be able to assess when their child is proficient enough to be independent.
The programme is simple to use as it can be carried out in normal everyday situations such as walking to school or to the local shops. Rather than telling children what to do, parents are encouraged to ask lots of open questions to make the children think about the decisions they are making.
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