Daycare kids should start school training

The way to school in the Mittmann district
Kindergarten children should practice on the way to school

Spinner Keeper provides 4,400 workbooks for each child, brochures for adults, and owl reflectors. It is made for first graders in 2023. Experts explicitly warn against taking taxis by parents.

4400 owls are looking for new owners. Anyone who saw the cheerful eyes of the children at the Wülfrather Family Center in Ellenbeek on Thursday knew it would definitely work. Reflectors must be attached to the backpacks of the next generation of first graders in the Mittmann District. Because when the days get short and dark again – in the fall and winter – the twinkling owls must catch the eye of truckers, drivers, and cyclists. Rotating Mittmann guard with his sponsors kicked off the next version of Safe to School.

“Parents should start training their preschoolers on how to get to school now,” says Ralph Schiffsig, the first head of the Circle Guard. “Anyone who starts just a week before school starts is too late.” Goodwill gets better with a little focus, as in previous years Traffic Patrol used daycares across the area. This works, among other things, with a brightly colored workbook, through which girls and boys learn about the dangers they face on the road and how the dangers can be avoided.

With the School Path Handbook for Preschoolers and the Parent’s Guide, the initiators want to lay the foundations for preparing for the School Path in Kindergarten. Under the supervision of the kindergarten, children should learn how to behave correctly in traffic, the meaning of the most important traffic lights and what to pay attention to when crossing the street. There are plenty of tips for adults on how to get to school, from choosing the best route to what to wear when it gets dark.

Teachers in day care centers should practice the first rules and instructions of children in traffic in a playful way. The campaign is made possible for the third time thanks to the support of Lhoist Business in Flandersbach, specializing in lime mining, and Unfallkasse Nordrhein-Westfalen, who support the production of albums and workbooks as sponsors. So adults gathered at Ellenbeek Family Center in Wülfrath on Thursday to deliver reflectors and work books to the daycare center there, to a certain extent representative of all daycares in the area, which they are now equipped with.

“The main paradigm in road safety education is, and will continue to be, parents,” warns Ralph Schiffsig of the Traffic Police. Parents should keep reminding themselves of this, especially in the year before school starts. Schiffzeg has no sympathy for the helicopter parents who drive their children to the school gate every day. This is by no means safer for children, but rather a very dangerous convenience: “This means that children are deprived of every opportunity to test their behavior on the road.”

It is better to start early training for the future route to school in families. And practicing nerve points, like crossing a busy street, over and over again. This is the only way that children can get the necessary security. Schiffzeg: “Immediately before the start of school next year, we must walk together on the way to school again. Perhaps something has changed in the meantime, ”says the chief of the traffic police. Currently, many construction sites make life difficult for both young and old pedestrians. “But children have to learn how to deal with it.” On foot – on the way to school.

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