Good for health. Great for kids and families!
Walking, riding, scooting or skating before and after school helps kids build active habits when they're young, setting them up for healthy, active lives. Being active every day is good for kids’ mental wellbeing and can help lift their mood and self-esteem. It’s also a great way for them to connect with their family, their friends and their community.
Play on the way
Some kids love playing games, some love drawing, others love physical challenges or new technology. The new Walk to School resources have been designed to give kids a range of different activities to enjoy as they walk, ride, scoot or skate each day.
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It’s been a challenging and unpredictable period, but VicHealth knows how much kids, families and schools benefit from Walk to School. We’ve developed new, flexible activities to get kids walking, riding, scooting or skating to and from school – or around their neighbourhood if they’re learning from home. Regular physical activity not only helps us stay healthy, it helps us stay connected to our communities, which is so important right now.
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Walk to School is encouraging schools and families to embrace Walk to School throughout the year! Whether learning from home or the classroom, adding in regular physical activity will help families stay connected to our communities and keep active.
Observe your child’s behaviour and independence, and look for signs of readiness. Parents/carers know their children best and when is the right time.
Here are some practical ideas to support your child to walk to school:
- Help your child become familiar with the local neighbourhood and identify the safest routes (e.g. where there are safe road crossings)
- Practice and reinforce the skills your child needs to travel safely, such as riding a bike and knowing the road rules
Slowly build independence by letting your child do things gradually. You could start by parking the car a few blocks from school and allowing them to walk the rest by themselves or arrange for them to walk with friends or neighbours
Connect with families in your area – could your children walk together?
Make a plan with your child about possible strategies for when things go wrong, such as getting lost, if a stranger approaches them, or if they or their friend gets injured
Walking, riding, scooting or skating to school in the morning and home in the afternoon helps kids get regular physical activity, and build their confidence and life skills. It’s also a great way to connect with family, friends and neighbours. And moving those daily commutes from the roads to the footpath can help make school streets safer, reduce traffic congestion, and contribute to a healthier environment.
Different families get involved in different ways. Depending on your situation you could:
walk, ride, scoot or skate to and from school with your child and enjoy the chance to talk and teach road safety skills;
arrange for your child to walk, ride, scoot or skate to and from school with trusted family, friends or neighbours;
drive part of the way to and from school and then walk, ride, scoot or skate the rest;
if you’re confident that your child has the skills to travel around your neighbourhood without adult supervision, then encourage them to walk, ride, scoot or skate to and from school with friends!
It’s essential that you follow government health advice. Walk to School can be a great way for families living in areas that are under restrictions to maintain a routine, keep active and feel connected to your community and your neighbourhood. Encourage your family to walk, ride, scoot or skate in your local neighbourhood before and after classes, or even during the lunch break. Just remember to follow local requirements for wearing masks, wash your hands well and often and maintain at least 1.5m from other people.
There are lots of ways to get started, but the best option is always the one that suits your family. You can:
Walk to school with your child and enjoy the chance to talk and teach road safety skills
arrange for your child to walk to school with trusted family friends or neighbours
drive part of the way to school and then walk the rest
mix it up! If your child likes riding or scooting, those are great options, too!
Try our new Walk to School worksheets and activities with your family to inspire your walks!
We encourage councils, community organisations, schools, teachers, families to include #walktoschool on socials.