Safer Steps uses a range of resources to build learning. By discussing the topics in the workbook, watching the demonstrations on the DVD and encouraging parents to work with a child translates this vital life skill into a practical action.
Safer Steps allows children to progress systematically through a range of road crossing scenarios. Starting with fundamentals, the materials progress to include more complex road junctions and signal controlled crossings.
The characters in the DVD are illustrated in the book so children enjoy working through the two elements together, and our experience has shown that children are willing to watch the DVD over and over again. Evaluation into the effect of Safer Steps for improving adult engagement in training of young road users demonstrated that 93% of parents were appreciative of having materials to teach their children pedestrian skills and 79% said that their child was giving them more feedback on where they can cross safely. 86% of parents also reported that the pack was pitched about right for the child’s age.
The workbook encourages active participation too, with areas to record when the child has completed certain activities under adult supervision. At the end of the process there is a certificate that can be completed and awarded to the child for working through all the material.
Throughout the material, children are encouraged to reflect back to their adult helpers the things that they have learnt, in order to evidence that they have assimilated the information. This approach could make Safer Steps a useful follow-up to a school visit or classroom assembly.