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YMCA

Children’s Safety Village

Tell Me & I Will Forget,
Show Me & I May Remember,
Involve Me & I Will Understand
What is the YMCA Children’s Safety Village?
The YMCA Children’s Safety Village is a child-sized village located in the Thames
Valley District within the Fanshawe Conservation Area.
The outdoor portion of the village features 26 small buildings surrounded with
streets, operational traffic signals, authentic traffic signs, an operational railway
crossing and a life size school bus. In the main building there are two classrooms,
one for fire safety lessons and the other for police safety lessons. There is a fullsized functional kitchen used for safety programming and Sparky the Fire Dog’s
very own apartment, equipped with a smoke machine and escape window,
used for real life lessons.

The YMCA Children’s Safety Village is operated by the YMCA under
contract with the Children’s Safety Village Board of Directors. The YMCA
Children’s Safety Village programming is supported by London Police
Service, London Fire Department, the London District Catholic School
Board and Thames Valley District School Board.

What does the YMCA Children’s Safety Village Do?
Through hands on safety lessons the Children’s Safety Village helps
reduce injuries by teaching children from kindergarten to grade 4 about
individual responsibility and awareness while travelling in cars, riding
bikes, walking down the street, being in the kitchen and encountering
a fire in the home. The lessons are taught by educators from the police
and fire departments and link directly to the Healthy Living Strand
under Personal Safety and Injury Prevention Expectations.

For more information visit us online at www.safetyvillage.ca

Booking a Visit
Teachers!
Want to book a visit to the YMCA Children’s Safety Village? Programs are
available for school bookings, Monday – Friday throughout the school year. We
offer two programs daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There is
a maximum occupancy of 60students per visit and teacher/volunteer chaperons
are required to accompany students at a 1:10 ratio. Availability is limited and
programs fill. To ensure availability for your class, be sure to book early!

Arranging Your Booking


Call us at 519-455-5437 (have your total number of students
and two possible booking dates ready)


Email us at info@safetyvillage.ca (include your class grade, number
of students & two possible booking dates)



Upon reservation of booking teachers will receive a booking
agreement form, which must be signed & returned within two
business days, to firm up booking

Booking confirmations will be sent upon receipt of signed agreement

Booking Fee
As of September 2013, the standard booking fee for all Safety Village bookings
is $100/class (maximum of 60students). Admittance to the conservation area
is free. Payment of booking fee is due within 15days from date of reservation.
For smaller groups and/or fundraised visits, special day of visit payment can be
arranged by contacting our administrator directly. The YMCA of Western Ontario
is a multi-service charity that provides opportunities for personal growth in
spirit, mind and body for people of all backgrounds, beliefs and abilities. We are
here to assist you in making our programs and services available to all. Please
don’t hesitate to contact us if you require assistance.

Programs
School programs are offered Monday to Friday during the school year, and are
offered for grades KD, 1, 2, & 4. Programming for the Children’s Safety Village
has been designed based on the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum and
all classes are led by uniformed Police & Fire Educators. Each grades program is
offered at specific times during the program year and cannot be combined with
and other grades program. All classes are provided with an activity bag to take
back to the classroom for follow-up lessons and take room activities for students
to share with their families.

Kindergarten
This 90 minute program includes both Fire and Police lessons. Programming
provides students with hands-on interactive safety education and is designed
to meet the Ministry of Education Ontario Curriculum for JK/KD students.

Overall Expectations

Demonstrate an awareness of health and safety practices.

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention

Identify safe and unsafe situations materials and equipment.

Identify and apply basic safety rules


Demonstrate understanding that adults make most decisions regarding
safety rules and the importance of seeking assistance when needed.

Police Lesson

Pedestrian Safety

Sign Recognition

Personal Safety

Yuckies & Yummies (Poisons)

Students will receive instruction from the Police Educator on personal safety and will be
taught about the Block Parent Program. After a 20 minute classroom instruction the Police
Educator will take the class on a walking tour of the village and they will receive instruction
on pedestrian safety. Through use of the sidewalks, authentic signs and operational lights,
the students will get a real life lesson on how to be safe when on and around roads.

Fire Lesson

Smoke Alarms

Match & Lighter Safety

My Friend the Firefighter

Crawl Low Under Smoke

Students will listen to an exciting adventure story about fire safety. After they will learn the
importance of knowing that firefighters are our friends and will be shown the different fire
gear worn and how it protects them. The class will then tour Sparky’s apartment where they
will learn and practice what to do if their cloths catch fire. To finish students will play the
Smoke Detector game where they will learn and practice crawling low under smoke.

Grade One
This 120 minute program includes both Fire and Police lessons. Programming
provides students with hands-on interactive safety education and is designed
on the Ministry of Education and Training-The Ontario Curriculum: Health and
Physical Education, Healthy Living: Grade 1
Overall Expectations

Recognize safety risks and safe practices

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention


Outline the potential safety risks in the home, school, and community
(e.g., from fire or toys)


Identify people who can provide personal safety assistance (e.g., block
parents) and explain how to access them (e.g., by phoning 9-1-1)

Police Lesson

Pedestrian Safety (mini cars)

Sign Recognition

Personal Safety

Railway Safety

Elmer’s Safety Rules

After the 30 minute classroom instruction, the class will be taken on a walking tour of the
Village and receive instruction on personal, pedestrian, railway and electrical safety. The
students will be allowed to apply the skills they have learned by driving battery operated
cars throughout the Village.

Fire Lesson

Know Your Address

Smoke Alarms & Escape Planning

Match & Lighter Safety

My Friend the Firefighter

Fire Fighter Gear

Calling 911

Students are toured around Sparky’s apartment where they are taught kitchen safety then
move on to the bedroom. Sparky’s room is equipped with a non-toxic “smoke machine”
which demonstrates how smoke would fill a room. The students experience how to check
doors for heat and then they exit through the window and when everyone is out safely,
they discuss calling 911!

Grade Two
This 120minute program includes both Fire and Police lessons. Programming
provides students with hands-on interactive safety education and is designed
based on the Ministry of Education and Training-The Ontario Curriculum: Health
and Physical Education, Healthy Living: Grade 2
Overall Expectations

Outline safety rules and safe practices

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention

Identify safety rules to be followed in the home, school, and community

(e.g., electrical safety, schoolyard rules, bus safety)

Police Lesson

Winter Safety

Cold Weather/Hypothermia

Hydro Safety

Bus Safety

The class starts off in our Police classroom , for a short video on bus evacuation. After
30minutes of in class instruction including personal safety during the winter and hydro
safety, the Police Educator will then take the students outdoors. The class will load on to
the village school bus to perform mock bus evacuations, applying the classroom lesson.
Video: Bus Evacuation: Practice makes perfect.

Fire Lesson

Electrical Safety

Smoke Alarms & Escape Planning

Match & Lighter Safety

Kitchen Safety

Calling 911

Based on Risk Watch curriculum, students start off by identifying and removing all of the
hazards from the “Hazard House”. Afterwards they will tour Sparky’s apartment where they
are taught kitchen and bathroom safety. Over to Sparky’s bedroom smoke fills the room
while students learn how to check doors for heat and each take a turn as they exit through
the bedroom window. When everyone is out safely, they discuss calling 911 from
a neighbor’s house. Video: The Adventures of Safety Frog – Fire Safety

Grade Four
This 120minute program includes both Fire and Police lessons. Programming
provides students with hands-on interactive safety education and is designed
based on the Ministry of Education and Training-The Ontario Curriculum: Health
and Physical Education, Healthy Living: Grade 4
Overall Expectations
• Use living skills to address personal safety and injury prevention
Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
• Apply decision-making and problem-solving skills in addressing threats

to personal safety and injury prevention.
• Identify people and community agencies that can assist with injury

prevention situations, and violence prevention.
Police Lesson
• Winter Safety
• Cold Weather/Hypothermia
• Hydro Safety
• Bus Safety
The class starts off in our Police classroom , for a short video on bus evacuation. After
30minutes of in class instruction including personal safety during the winter and hydro
safety, the Police Educator will then take the students outdoors. The class will load on to the
village school bus to perform mock bus evacuations, applying the classroom lesson.
Video: Bus Evacuation: Practice makes perfect.

Fire Lesson

Bicycle Safety (village bikes used)

Street Signs

Bicycle Helmets

Upon completion of the classroom instruction the class will watch a short video on bike
safety, before inviting the students to join them outdoors. Outside the students will then
receive proper helmet instruction as they gear up to practice safe bicycle riding on the
bicycles, throughout the village roads.

MAJOR SPONSORS

London & Middlesex
Civitan Club

London Central

Lawson Family

London District Catholic Principals Council
Farm Safety Partners:
Huron Tractor, Trillium Foundation, Dietrich’s North America, Lind Lumber, Battlefield, PineRidge Timber Frames,
Lucas Secondary School, ETFO Elementary Occasional Teachers, London Shriners, London Civic Employees Credit Union

Fanshawe Park Rd. (County Rd.22)

Huron Street

Children’s Safety Village
Children’s
Safety Village
1424 Clarke Rd, London, ON
1424 Clarke Rd, London, ON

Fanshawe
Conservation Area

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Airport Road

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