Mini road safety campaigners enjoyed an event with a very special guest to celebrate their efforts in Kerbcraft this month.
Pupils at Williamstown Primary School marked Child Safety Week in style, with a presentation, a fact-filled fun assembly and time with Zala the Zebra, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Road Safety Team’s mascot.
Child Safety Week is held every year by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, in order to raise awareness of the most common childhood accidents, and how they can be prevented and is supported by the Road Safety Team.
It forms part of its ongoing effort, along with partner agencies, to ensure younger residents are protected from harm and are taught how to become safe pedestrians, cyclists and motorists of the future.
This work includes tackling illegal and dangerous parking outside schools, delivering cycling proficiency in all schools, the appointment of Junior Road Safety Officers in primary schools to raise road safety issues among their classmates and also the wider communities and more . Kerbcraft is also a hugely successful and popular scheme, in which pupils are taught essential road safety skills in a real life setting.
Those Year 2 pupils at Williamstown who have most recently benefited from the fun and engaging sessions were presented with certificates by the Road Safety Team and Zarla during the Child Safety Week assembly.
With parents, grandparents and school staff getting involved, Kerbcraft allows children to learn road safety in the community around them, taking to the street to learn essential skills such as crossing the road, staying visible and not using handheld phones, games or other devices when they need to be concentrating on what’s going around them.
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Well done to the Williamstown Primary School pupils for their recent success in Kerbcraft and their outstanding efforts to promote important road safety issues to their classmates and those living in the wider community of the schools.
“A lot of our work to keep children safe is focused on adults and the community, delivering schemes such as Safe Routes to School and enforcement action against those who park illegally or inconsiderately outside our schools.
“But a key part of the effort is sharing the road safety message and delivering the lessons from an early age, so primary school pupils have the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe on the roads.”
Find out more about the Road Safety Team, its work and how to get involved
Find out more about Child Safety Week.