education programs for Early years – lower primary students
Children are the most vulnerable members of society therefore it is never too early to begin sowing the seeds of personal safety. Children can begin learning valuable lessons to help keep them safe from as young as 2-3 years old.
Providing age appropriate information around body ownership and a right to be safe from an early age allows for these messages to become part of the child’s everyday language and helps to build self-esteem and resilience in children.
Parents and carers play a vital role in this process as first educators of children in their care. Once children commence formalised care arrangements and/or school, a positive partnership between both school and home is then important to reinforce key personal safety messages in a clear, consistent manner to eliminate confusion for children and encourage a shared language that is easy for young children to understand, remember and use.
The five basic principles we need to teach children (between the ages of 3-8) are:
- To trust their feelings and to distinguish between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings
- To say ‘no’ to adults if they feel unsafe or unsure
- That they own their bodies
- That nothing is so yucky that they can’t tell someone about it
- That if they feel unsafe or unsure to run and tell someone they trust