If you have children 6 and over, you may remember your children getting books like this in the post.
Does it ring any bells with you?
I was going through the kids’ bookcases yesterday and I found a number of these books on the shelves. They look a bit old fashioned but they contain very important modern information about road safety from the Children’s Traffic Club.
The Children’s Traffic Club programme has been running in the UK for over 20 years and research proves it works and helps save lives! To date, over 2.5 million children around the UK have become members and have had the Club materials posted directly to them. It is the most researched and evaluated early years’ road safety education programme in the UK and kids love it.
All our girls were members of the Children’s Traffic Club and enjoyed getting post with their name on it. The books were interesting and interactive, and pitched at just the right level for pre schoolers. I do think the stories made a difference to the girls’ road sense and they asked for the books as bed time stories again and again. And now they can read to themselves, they often pull out the set and quiz each other on the ‘rules’.
Obviously, I rate the Children’s Traffic Club books but I did find myself wondering why DS hadn’t received his own books. The girls started getting them from the age of 3, and he’s 4 and a half!
I resolved to go online and see if the Traffic Club even still existed, and I’m happy to report it does.
But it seems that they no longer send out books, they send out ‘DVD packs’. as the material distributed was redesigned in 2010. At first I was disappointed, as the little stories had been just the right length for bedtime, but it seems the pack still includes interactive stories to read, games to play, sing-alongs and fun sheets which you can print. Stickers are also mentioned. When you enrol your child, you get a new DVD pack every 4 months so the whole course is designed to be used over the period of a year.
I’ve signed DS up and eagerly await his first pack, so I can report back.
In the meantime, if you’ve got a preschooler who you’d like to benefit from this free Road Traffic Safety programme, then sign them up here.