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Development of national practices for early childhood safety education

Road-related incidents remains one of the leading causes of injury during the early childhood years, leading to a significant number of hospitalisations and deaths each year within Australia. Whilst an array of early childhood road safety programs currently exist nationwide, substantial evaluation of the success of these programs is limited. Through the development of a series of national practices pertaining to early childhood road safety education it will ensure the educational material delivered is consistent with what is considered best practice in regards to current road safety practice and promoting early childhood learning.

This study is a collaborative research project between the Child Health Promotion Research Centre, VicRoads and highly experienced researchers and practitioners in the area of road safety, school health promotion and child and adolescent injury control. VicRoads is project managing the development of national practices for early childhood road safety education on behalf of the Road Safety Education Reference Group Australasia (RSERGA). The RSERGA is a nationally representative group of road safety education managers from road safety and education agencies from each state, territory and New Zealand. In 2009, National Road Safety Education Forum (now known as RSERGA), approved national principles for school road safety education. This work was led by School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) in Western Australia on behalf of the RSERGA. The Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University was contracted to undertake the project. The principles developed provide a framework of core concepts and values to guide the planning, implementation and review of road safety education programs, policies and practice in school communities. The Australian Government, in partnership with all states and territory governments, has made important changes to early childhood education and care in Australia. The Early Years Learning framework (EYLF) is part of the Council of Australian Government's (COAG) reform agenda for early childhood education and learning and is a key component of the Australian Government's National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care. The EYLF describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.

The objective of this project is to develop national agreed practices for early childhood road safety education. The development of national practices for early childhood road safety education will provide clear guidelines for the delivery of road safety education in Australia to ultimately reduce road-related injuries among young children.

Project Duration

2012

Funding Body

VicRoads

For further information about this project please contact Ms Samantha Baker at samantha.baker@ecu.edu.au.


Researchers

Associate Professor Stacey Waters

Staff

Associate Professor Stacey Waters
Ms Kaashifa Bruce
Ms Samantha Baker

Child Health Promotion Research Centre
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