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Kerbcraft is a road safety training scheme available to children in Merton's schools. It teaches pedestrian safety skills to five to seven year olds through practical roadside training, rather than in the classroom.
The intention is to build on the skills that children have learnt at home and develop decision-making skills, such as:
Children are taught by trained volunteers near to the schools. Children are taught in groups of two or three per trained adult depending on the skill being taught. All volunteers are CRB checked. Each skill is taught over 4 sessions, usually 1 per week. Once the children have received the training they are still encouraged to cross the road with an adult, as it is not appropriate for them to be crossing the road independently yet.
The child pedestrian training uses the Kerbcraft model developed by Strathclyde University in the light of the successful project at Drumchapel in Glasgow.
The Department of Transport Road Safety Division funded a 5-year National Pilot network of child pedestrian training schemes. The project, a key element in the Government’s Road Safety Strategy “Tomorrow's Roads: Safer For Everyone“, supports local authorities in providing local training schemes.
The overall aim of the Pilot Network is to demonstrate how effective child pedestrian training schemes may be established and sustained in the longer term. This also contributes to the Department of Transport’s target to reduce the number of children killed and seriously injured in traffic accidents by 20 % compared to the average for 1994-1998.
Merton's Kerbcraft programme has been operating since 2005 and many schools have had this practical kerbside provision for their year 1 and 2 pupils. We train parent volunteers to help deliver this modular programme and recruit volunteers on a regular basis. Very often volunteers go on to work in the teaching or child care sector so this is a good skill to acquire. An hour a week is usually sufficient. If you would like more details please see contact details below.
Future Merton Road Safety Team
London Borough of Merton
12 floor Civic Centre
Telephone: 020 8545 3206
This page was last updated on Wednesday 7 September 2016