Westmeath County Childcare Committee has organised Beep Beep Road Safety Days for County Westmeath in conjunction with the Roads Safety Authority and Westmeath County Council.
The RSA has developed a pack which can be used in childcare services through the county called Simon and Friends. The aim of the resource is to promote road safety to children aged five and under in a preschool setting. The series centres on four characters who promote age-appropriate road safety messages to children.
Each book is beautifully illustrated. At the end of each story there are a number of extension activities which pre-school providers can use to prompt other learning experiences with the children. Stories are also recorded onto a CD-ROM which can be played to children in their early year’s environment. The CD also contains a number of road safety songs and an interactive computer game targeted at the under 5s. The pack also contains an accompanying teacher’s guide called Hand in Hand which includes information about integrating road safety into the Early Years Environment and suggested activities, games, and songs which support the Simon and Friends stories. The teachers guide, storybooks and CD are all enclosed in a colourful case.
This year Simon and Friends is now available in Irish, any service that would like to receive a copy can contact the offices of Westmeath County Childcare Committee.
For more information call (044 ) 9335454 or log on to [email protected].