Posts tagged: Parents

Want to know where to cycle near you?

A website helping parents to locate local cycle routes to take young children on.

They say

Send for your free info pack and discover great places to cycle near you. As well as recommending rides and routes in your area, your pack comes with helpful advice about choosing a bike, getting it ready for riding, keeping it in tip-top condition, cycling with kids and more.

Sustrans is the charity behind the National Cycle Network, over 12,000 miles of traffic-free, quiet lanes and on-road walking and cycling routes all around the UK. Why not use it for getting to work or school, exploring the great outdoors, or just for exercise and fun?

Signal Switch Off – Rethinking Traffic Control

A fascinating look at the need for a rethink concerning traffic control in particular where and when traffic lights are used.

Video 1 – Roads unfit for people

Updated critique of traffic controls with proposals for change based on a trust in human nature rather than an obsession with controlling it.

Video 2 – Roads FiT for People

Portishead lights-off trial, which began on 14.9.09 and went permanent after journey times fell by over half with no loss of pedestrian safety

Possible points to discuss:

  • Our traffic control system has need been properly tested, it has just evolved
  • Traffic signals take away the need to think for both the motorist and pedestrian
  • The environmental impact i.e. emissions & pollution
  • The impact on local residents and the improved quality of life, i.e. a quieter environment, less pollution, less peak noise…
  • Concentrating on how a change in traffic control would affect young children, i.e. how do they learn to interact with motorists
  • Try as a classroom game. Create a cross roads, divide the children into the following groups

    Game 1

    Traffic signals – this group control the game

    Game 2


    Observe the differences.

    For further information see and for parents and teachers more about Martin Cassini (the creator of the videos) @ his forum

    Natural England – Places to visit in the UK

    Natural England

    Natural England

    They say

    Natural England’s purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.

    Our broad remit means that our reach extends across the country. We work with people such as farmers, town and country planners, researchers and scientists, and the general public on a range of schemes and initiatives.

    Put simply, our aim is to create a better natural environment that covers all of our urban, country and coastal landscapes, along with all of the animals, plants and other organisms that live with us.

    If you are a parent or teacher looking for places to visit in the UK Natural England’s website has a good search facility where you can refine and select the type of place that you would like your children to get to know and understand better.


  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilet
  • Hard Surface Parking
  • Shelter available
  • Surfaced Paths
  • Picnic Area
  • Easy Access
  • Teachers Pack
  • Farm Facts Leaflet
  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking
  • Coach parking
  • Habitats

  • Flower-rich grassland
  • Ponds
  • Wetlands
  • Hedgerows
  • Dry stone walls
  • Heathland
  • Woodlands
  • Intensive grassland
  • Arable
  • Heather Moorland
  • Additional resources include searches for local:

  • Farm visits – Educational Access sites provide opportunities for schools
  • National Nature Reserves
  • Local Nature Reserves
  • Nature on the Map – an interactive site that includes maps of Local and National Nature Reserves and Country Parks
  • As well as national resources i.e Visit a National Nature Reserve.

    The also has additional resources for lessons.

    Find out more about Natural England @

    Fire Safety Video for Parents

    2 * Fire Safety Videos
    Duration: 2:32M & 2.19M

    For parents with children a quick look through a house and gives tips on all the main danger areas also discusses creating an escape plan. Ideal viewing for parents expecting a baby and parents with young children.

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Road Safety Matters – Renault

    Renault Safety Matters

    Renault Safety Matters

    A road safety website from Renault. The website is divided into 3 sections, parents, children & teachers.

    On the website you will find:

  • Downloads
  • Cross-Curriculum Teaching Resources
  • Free Road Safety DVD
  • Lesson Plans
  • Pupil Worksheets
  • Assembly Plans
  • Games
  • A Gallery
  • Facts and Tips…
  • Safety Matters online is a road safety educational site for pupils aged 7-11 years, their teachers and parents.

    Developed by Renault the resources deliver vital road safety messages and support the Curriculum for PSHE/PSD Literacy and Numeracy.

    For further road safety information from Renault

    Streetwise Road Safety Website

    Another nicely laid out website which has been divided into three sections.

    Road accidents are the single biggest cause of accidental death among 5–14 year olds – a statistic that encouraged 3M to make child road safety the key theme of its community programme.

    Providing KS1 & KS2 road safety information for:

    Pupils Resources

  • Green Cross Code – Test
  • Crossing the road – Where is a safe place to cross?
  • The countryside – What should I do if I live in the countryside where there is no pavement?
  • Parents Resources

  • Helping your child
  • In the car – child restraints
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Roller skating
  • Knowledge test
  • Teachers Resources

  • Overview on Road Safety
  • Teachers’ notes, downloads include:

  • Road safety lessons
  • Poster – Day scene
  • Poster – Night scene
  • Worksheets include:

  • How Streetwise are you? Day scene
  • How Streetwise are you? Night scene
  • Click to visit the Streetwise Road Safety Website

    Safe on the Street – KS2 Road Safety from BMW

    Safe on the Streets

    Safe on the Streets

    Safe on the Street is a road safety education website for 7 – 11 years olds, their teachers and parents. Find out how to keep safe on the street with fun activities, stories, puzzles, quizzes and competitions.

    A well designed and informative road safety website. Safe on the Street is divided into three sections.

    Teachers Section

  • Teachers Guide
  • Road Safety Facts
  • Pupils Activities Menu
  • Be Seen Activities
  • Cycle Safety Activities
  • In Car Safety
  • On the Road
  • Quizzes
  • Record of Achievement
  • Resource Bank
  • Play Packs
  • Parents Section

  • Parents Guide
  • Road Safety Guide
  • Crossing the Road
  • Being Seen
  • Cycle Safety
  • Safety in the Car
  • Seatbelt Facts
  • Seatbelt Laws
  • Child Restraints
  • Teaching by Example
  • Safety Definitions
  • Kids Section

  • The kids version of the above
  • Click to explore the website.

    Keeping Children Safe from Scalds and Burns

    Direct Gov

    Direct Gov

    The Kitchen and equipment within it used for cooking and making food and drinks are responsible for more 50% of all scalds and burns.

    This site contains information on Scalds & Burns in English and in Welsh and covers:

  • In the kitchen
  • Hot drinks
  • In the bathroom
  • Outdoors
  • What to do if your child has a scald or a burn
  • With links to:

  • First aid courses and further related safety resources
  • Emergency Telephone Numbers:

  • England and Wales NHS Direct 0845 4647
  • Scotland NHS 24 08454 242424
  • English scalds & burns version

    Welsh scalds & burns version

    F L A G S – Beach Safety

    For a safe day at the beach

    Think F L A G S

    Find the Red and Yellow flags flags, and swim between them.

    Look at the safety signs.

    Ask a lifeguard for advice about where it’s safe to swim.

    Get a friend to swim with you.

    Stick your hand in the air and shout for help if in difficulty.

    Download F L A G S (Microsoft Word Document)icon-word-document


    Go to Beach Safety Flags to download to a computer and print out to colour in.

    Beyond Bullying

    Beyond Bullying covers a range of anti bullying advice including:

  • Cyber bullying
  • Racist bullying
  • Homophobic bullying
  • At the bottom of each of the sections professionals, parents or young people there is a link to “Useful Resources”, click on that link and there is a large selection of documents for each sector (professionals, parents and pupils).

    For further information go to the Beyond Bullying website.