Transition to Kindergarten

Road safety is a shared responsibility which makes it everybody’s business every day.

Starting school means lots of changes for children and their families.

Travelling to and from school is no exception. Kindergarten orientation days are a great way to promote safe road user behaviours to new parents/carers/grandparents and students.

Sharing this message with your families now is a valuable opportunity to set your school’s expectations about responsible and legal road user behaviour onsite and in the school zone, as pedestrians, bike riders, passengers and drivers.

Ideas for sharing information with families

  • share road safety advice with grandparents, nannies or other carers
  • conduct a virtual tour showing school entry and exits points, waiting areas, kiss and drop off zones, bus zone, no stopping and no parking zones, bike racks and so on.
  • share locations for families to park safely away from the school and walk to school. Record this and add to your school website.
  • interview current parents of children in kindergarten on how they keep their child safe when travelling to and from school and entering school grounds.
  • ask senior students to create a video about your school’s road safety messages to share with their buddies, e.g., always hold an adult’s hand, where to wait to be picked up, what to do if someone is late to pick them up, how to tell their parents to put their mobile phone away so they can talk together as they walk home
  • interview current kindergarten students about their experiences when they started school, e.g., walking to school with their parents/carers; the colour of the raincoat they wear when it’s raining; sitting in a booster seat; getting in and out of the car on the safety door side
  • invite the local council Road Safety Officer to describe how to be a safe road user outside your school
  • use Transport for NSW’s kindergarten orientation library bags to engage students and families in discussing road safety in and around the school. Add your own local road safety information into this bag.
  • use various communication channels to share your information, e.g., social media, school newsletters, websites, email, snail mail
  • add road safety for new families’ information to your school website.

Resources for schools - Kindergarten orientation

Teachers can localise and share these templates with their school community

Contact your local department Road Safety Education Officer for further advice and support.

Ordering free road safety resources - TfNSW

  • click to open the Transport for NSW school only products webpage or scan the QR code
  • you will need to log in if it’s your first-time ordering
  • go to Products, and choose ‘School only’
  • review available resources
  • enter quantity and add to cart (kindergarten orientation bags are restricted for use in kindergarten orientation events only, one per kindergarten child)
  • continue shopping or check out.
Image: Kindergarten orientation road safety library bag contents - a height chart, bus safety information, key road safety messages, a ‘safety door’ sticker, activity sheets for children, a pack of coloured pencils.

Additional resources to share with families

Department of Education
Transport for NSW


  • DoE


  • road-safety

Business Unit:

  • Teaching Quality and Impact
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