Bass Coast,

Children learn to cross safely


Kindergarten students across Bass Coast have been learning to cross the road safely with the help of Bass Coast Shire Council’s School Crossing Supervisors.

During term four, sessions have been held at kindergartens and daycare centres in Cowes, Inverloch and Wonthaggi.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said the aim of the program is to educate children to use school crossings correctly, and the importance of using the crossings.

“Key messages from the program is for children to ‘stop, look, listen and think’, and promoting that road safety is for everyone – themselves, their family and friends, and other people using the road,” Cr Rothfield said.

“It’s important for children to take the message home from the session and remind their parents of school crossing safety.”

Cr Rothfield said it was also important for kindergarten children to learn the correct way to use the crossing before they start primary school next year.

The education program consists of an interactive in class session run by two School Crossing Supervisors.

Phillip Island Early Learning Centre kindergarten teachers, Lynne Hadley and Justine McLaren, thanked Council for allowing the lollipop education program to visit the kinder.

“We find the children enjoy joining in the role play the ladies present,” they said.

“Having the opportunity to see the uniforms and signs up close, and to be able to ask questions are invaluable to the kinder children and we view this visit as part of our transition program to school.”

The School Crossing Supervisors also received wonderful feedback from the Bass Valley Children’s Centre, who said Judy and Michael were fantastic during their visit.

“The session was engaging, age appropriate and informative. Judy responds so well to the children’s ideas and questions and incorporates a fun attitude with the serious learning required. This style of free community program is vital to provide safety information to our pre-school children and is a wonderful school readiness activity to prepare children with the tools they will need to keep safe on the journey to and from school,” they said.

“We highly recommend this service to any pre-school facility and hope it remains a high priority funded program into the future.”

Nine of Council’s 14 School Crossing Supervisors are trained to deliver the safety education program at schools and kindergartens.