Road safety at Pitfour Nursery

Helmets: The children had to remember their helmets or they couldn't take part.
Helmets: The children had to remember their helmets or they couldn't take part.

Active Schools and Pitfour Nursery have been working in partnership to tackle the issues of road safety.

The majority of children whom attend Pitfour in Mintlaw can walk and cycle to school so it was important for them to learn about potential hazards and how to deal with traffic safely.

Brakes: Everyone had to remember to brake when they were coming to a stop.

Brakes: Everyone had to remember to brake when they were coming to a stop.

Last Thursday the nursery children got a visit from Yvonne Payne, Active Schools Coach, to introduce the children how to handle their bikes and scooters competently and know how to ride safely. This includes the importance of wearing a helmet and knowing how to stop.

Yvonne Payne said: “It’s never too early for a child to get into good road safety habits that will last them a lifetime.”

Alongside the practical road safety sessions, Pitfour nursery has been using a “Road Safety Scotland” initiative called “Go Safe! Ziggy’s Road Safety Mission”, which is a completely new approach to early level road safety. The main aim is to engage and inspire young children and adults around them to go on their own road safety learning journey.

Patricia Brown, Active Schools Coordinator said: “ The sessions are great fun for children of a young age, yet they deliver very important life skills that the children remember and talk about for a long time.”

Safety: Children also took part in cycling activities.

Safety: Children also took part in cycling activities.

Pitfour Primary School is also working towards becoming a “Cycle Friendly School”.

Active Schools is a Scottish Executive programme, aimed at tacking the declining levels of physical activity and sport among many children.