educating kindergarten children about safety
One of the local projects supported through the Ballarat Foundation community grants 2016 is the KIDS Foundation’s SeeMore Safety program.
A program tailored for kindergarten students, the Ballarat Foundation funding provides free safety education resources such as the SeeMore Saftey Program, a literacy-based, educational program, to 10 local kindergartens. Each kindergarten is delivered a kit which includes children’s books all with a safety focus, teacher resources, games, posters and the SeeMore Safety puppet. Parents and families also receive booklets so the whole community is involved.
The children were very excited about the activities the educators did with them, but the biggest thrill was when the SeeMore Safety mascot joined them in their safety games and taught them the thumbs up, thumbs down safety game. After sharing the SeeMore Safety At Home book, the children looked at some pictures of children in a range of situations in the home, car and on bikes and had to decide whether they were safe or unsafe and why.
Mandy Simpson, Delacombe Community Kindergarten director, said she was pleased the teachers at the kindergarten are encouraging the children and their families to learn about safety by utilising the SeeMore Safety Program resources provided by the KIDS Foundation.
An article about the visit appeared in The Miner: