Read on to find out about Beep Beep! Days that took part in 2013, helping children aged 2-7 learn about road safety and raising valuable funds for Brake's work too. Find out more tips for your Beep Beep! Day and to take part register here.
Hill Angel’s childcare in Rochdale borrowed a model road set from the local council and ran role plays in order to learn how to hold hands when crossing the road. They also made traffic light jellies and traffic light biscuits, which they sold, raising £170.00 for Brake. Lisa Redman Hill, a child minder at the centre said “It was great way to teach road safety in a fun and engaging way. Now when we’re walking to school, all the children point out the different types of road crossings and tell us what the different colours on the traffic lights mean.”
Shelley Primary School in Essex put up road signs to decorate the classroom. They also ran a range of different road safety activities throughout a whole week. This included making a traffic light themed meal, including pizzas using different coloured peppers and biscuits using smarties. To emphasise the importance of holding hands, the children drew around their hand prints, cut them out and stuck them up on the wall to make a colourful display. They also watched a road safety DVD and used the interactive white board to play a game positioning pedestrians where it is safest to cross.
Rainbow Children’s Centre in Milton Keynes held its Beep Beep! Day to coincide with a truck safety day. The children were allowed to sit in a truck driver’s cab. The driver then talked to the parents and children about dangers of big vehicles and gave advice about how to stay safe when out an about. The event was a media success, helping raise awareness of the vulnerability of children. The mayor of Milton Keynes visited, as well as three counties radio and the local newspaper.
The Old Vicarage Day Nursery in Barrow in Furness had a visit from local police community support officer to discuss road safety with the children and explain the importance of sitting correctly and belting up in vehicles. The nursery also set up a car mat with toy signs, vehicles and pedestrians and held discussions with the children about potential dangers. They also set up the outside play area as a road helping children to learn the vocabulary of roads, and the dangers around roads.
At Busy Bees at Preston Royal Hospital, the children brought bikes, scooters and trikes into nursery, marked out road markings on the outside play area and role played the dangers that children encounter, and talked about the importance of playing away from roads. Special attention was given to the different measures the children could take to keep themselves. The children also went on a walk around the local area, spotting different types of road crossings, markings and traffic signs.
Over 60 children took part in Isobel Mair Family Cente in Glasgow's Beep Beep! Day, baking traffic light biscuits, making hand-print posters and singing road safety songs. A local police community support officer also came in to give a talk about road safety and everyone had great fun trying on his high-vis jacket. The police also brought in road safety pencils and story books, which the children took home.