Safety is a crucial element of everyday life, with child safety being very high on the list of things to monitor. As your kids reach school age, it’s up to you to ensure your child’s safety during the school run, and whether you’re with them, or you’re not, there are ways in which you can make sure you’ve done everything you can to ensure that they’re safe.
If you’re choosing to walk to school, make sure that you teach them how to cross roads safely. Talk to them as you walk alongside them and teach them about the various traffic signals and such so that, when they are older and more responsible, they will feel confident about walking the route alone.
The Green Cross Code is a great resource that they can use, which is taught in school but should also be reinforced at home and I have been teaching my toddler so he is fully aware of it. Make sure that their shoes are also comfortable to walk in, too. You can find some amazing school shoes for girls and boys online and in stores, so that when they walk to school they can concentrate on what’s going on around them, rather than pains they are experiencing in their toes! it will also save your ears too!
If there’s a bike store at the school, or you’re happy to push the bike back home once you’ve dropped them off in the morning, cycling is a great, environmentally friendly way to travel. Again, you need to make sure that they understand traffic safety, but a helmet is also essential – plus reflective clothing in the winter months.
I have to say I loved our school bus when I was a teen although they are not massively common in the UK. As long as the kids are sensible as it not distracting the driver or running and moving about, busing it to school will be fine.
While it may not be the nicest mode of transport when it comes to the effects on the environment, it’s certainly the most convenient for most families. Make sure that your children always wear a seatbelt, and be a good role model by wearing your own. Sit them in the back unless you don’t have a choice, and stay focussed on the road regardless of whether the kids are playing up! This really has to be my biggest peeve to see children not safely fastened in the car!
It’s not just about road safety, either! Regardless of the mode of transport you choose, make sure that your kids are warm and comfortable during their travel to and from school. If it’s wet and rainy (which it often is!), make sure they’re protected as much as possible with a hooded rain mac and an umbrella. If it’s dry and sunny, ensure they have suncream on the areas that are exposed, particularly if the walk is a lengthy one. Remember that good school shoes for girls and boys are essential, in order to support their feet as they walk, and be the best role model you can be by teaching them the rules of the road and leading by example!
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