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2 to 4 Safety First at Home, 4 to 7 Being Safe at Home

Why is 'Home Safety' education important?

According to a June 2010 survey on behalf of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, while almost three-quarters of parents worry about their child having a bad accident, nearly half believe there is nothing they can do to stop accidents from happening. You can make a difference! Children are keen to explore the world around them. They touch, smell and taste everything with little fear or understanding of potential danger. They usually feel they are safe with their parents, who keep them warm when they are chilly, feed them when they are hungry, play with them when they want to have fun and settle them to bed when they are sleepy; so almost everything appears safe to them in their world at home. However, we know this is not always the case; homes are full of things that can injure, cut, trip, poison, choke, burn or scald.

Most children's 'accidents' happen in and around the home. Many are just minor bumps and scrapes, but some are more serious, which scar, disfigure and lead to permanent disability or even death. Most of these cases could have been prevented, if only parents (as well as children) had been more aware of the risks and taken precautions.

As children learn and develop lifelong habits (including how to keep safe) from an early age, Nationwide Education's Home Safety programmes begin with young children, aged two, aiming to further develop their knowledge as they grow, giving them a sound understanding of the risks in and around the home.

Nationwide Education's Home Safety section for children aged 2-11 includes:

  • Safety First at Home (aimed at ages 2 – 4)
  • Being Safe at Home (aimed at ages 4 – 7)
  • Staying Safe at Home (aimed at ages 7 – 11).

The main areas of risk that are covered in each programme:

  • Trips, Slips and Falls
  • Fire and Heat
  • Sharp Things
  • Poisons

This parents' section is designed to help you become more aware of the risks around the home and, in turn, work together with your children to learn more about keeping safe, whilst having fun. It includes instructions on how to use the resources, a word bank giving clear explanations of safety-related words in child-friendly language, home safety tips, emergency plans and lots of suggestions of activities for you and your child.