First Steps is a pedestrian training scheme for pre-school and nursery children. It is intended to be used as a supplement to road safety education already delivered by early year’s practitioners as part of their core curriculum. Its aim is to provide practical pavement practice in support of role play and lesson activities delivered in the classroom and can be used in conjunction with the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Curriculum linked road safety lesson for children aged 3 – 5.

First Steps forms part of the portfolio of Buckinghamshire County Council pedestrian training programmes for children which also include Footsteps for children aged between 4 and 7 and Making Tracks which is aimed at children moving on from primary to secondary school.

  • In 2007, 55 children aged 0 -11 were killed on Britain’s roads. Another 1,546 were seriously injured.
  • Of the above, 15 deaths and 324 serious injuries were in the 3 – 5 age bracket.
  • Most children aged under 9 cannot judge how fast vehicles are going or how far away they are.
  • Almost 77% of children aged 3 – 5 killed or seriously injured in 2007 were on foot at the time.

Setting up training
Tutors must receive Footsteps Pedestrian Skills training at a Buckinghamshire County Council course. A Tutor Training guide is available for approved tutors.

Children are taken into the local area with a volunteer tutor to observe the traffic and discuss road safety. When they have successfully understood and demonstrated the concepts, the pupil receives a certificate.

If you are interested in being a volunteer contact your Centre Manager or Bucks County Council’s School Travel Advisor by filling out our contact form or by phone on 0845 3708090