- 200 Maple Grove Road
- Kitchener, ON N3H 5M1
Children's Safety Village - Education Centre for Fire and Community Safety Learning
The Children's Safety Village
The Children’s Safety Village is committed to providing quality progressive safety programs, in a positive and interactive atmosphere, through community partnerships, to protect our most valuable resource…our children.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service and the Regional Fire Services are very proud of the Children's Safety Village. The partnership between the police and fire services is the first of its kind in Canada. With the partnership of the community; and corporate support, the Safety Village is a dream turned into reality. Through these generous donations, the Village has evolved into a unique educational opportunity for students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. The Safety Village consists of 25 mini interactive buildings, each offering an educational opportunity. As well, there are 2 education facilities; one dedicated to the Police Education program and one dedicated to the Fire Education program. The newest addition is a state of the art fire education centre, with a simulated smoke house.
Since opening its doors in 1992 the Safety Village has educated more than 250,000 students. These students have had the opportunity to put their new skills in traffic safety, stranger danger and 9-1-1 emergency to use. The Safety Village is very excited and proud to add fire education to its curriculum. The Village has received rave reviews from school boards, teachers, parents and the community at large.
“What I hear, I forget; what I see, I remember; what I do, I understand”.
The focus of the Children’s Safety Village is “doing” - where the children not only receive a
classroom lecture, but have the opportunity to practice what they have learned in a hands-on
environment, in a realistic setting.
The Safety Village operates on a first come, first served basis. The program is designed for two
grade levels to attend at one time; one will visit the fire education center and the other will visit
the police education center. The Village can accommodate approximately 30 students per class.
Both Fire and Police Programs runs simultaneously which allows for the school to fill a bus to capacity
and save on transportation costs.
Classes are booked in March for the following school year and teachers are notified of their dates to
attend the Village well in advance.
All classes taught at the Safety Village are 70 minutes in length and contain classroom instruction
followed by a hands-on application of the lessons taught.
The Children’s Safety Village is fully accessible to all children including children with special needs.
March – June
Students are taught by a uniformed police officer who instructs them on Stranger Awareness and pedestrian / Traffic Safety. Following a classroom lecture the students participate in an outdoor program where they apply what they have just learned in the classroom. The class is divided into two groups. One group drives battery operated jeeps throughout the Village, practicing the rules of the road while the other group is taken on a walking tour to practice pedestrian safety and spot
safety messages within the Village. Students receive information on identifying emergencies, community helpers and calling 9-1-1. The students switch places after approximately 20 minutes in order to complete the entire program.
September – January
Students are taught all aspects of fire safety by a uniformed fire public education officer. With the use of videos, the children are educated on 9-1-1, “Stop Drop and Roll”, the importance of working smoke detectors and a practiced fire escape plan. The students are then introduced to the Hazard House which is an interactive teaching tool used to help the students identify various hazards in their homes and how to make their home environments safe.
September – November
Following a classroom presentation on Bicycle Safety (traffic signs and signals, helmets and hand signals) students participate in an outdoor program where they practice the lessons they have just received in the classroom. The class is divided into two groups. One half rides the bicycles throughout the Village applying the lessons they have just learned in the classroom while the other half watch a video which provides further valuable bicycle safety information. The students switch
places after approximately 20 minutes in order to complete the entire program.
March – June
The program includes instruction on 9-1-1, smoke alarm awareness, preparing and practicing a fire escape plan, and cooking safety. The Hazard House and videos are used to reinforce these valuable
and life saving messages. Students are then brought into Sparky’s Apartment. This interactive teaching component brings life to the lessons they have been taught in the classroom. In Sparky’s
Kitchen students are taught about kitchen safety and hazard identification.The students are then moved into Sparky’s Bedroom where they learn about the hazards of smoke and learn to check their
bedroom doors for heat. They are then exposed to a simulated fire situation and are taught how to escape from a second floor window using a fire ladder.
December – March
Students receive a classroom lecture on Staying Safe on the Internet. The presentation is interactive and in addition to providing instruction to the students allows the teachers/parents/educators present to hear what the students are being exposed to at home and at school on Internet sites and chat rooms. A video on “Safe Surfing” is viewed after which students are put to the test. Students are then partnered up, broken into teams and assigned a team name. Through the use of
an interactive video game system, Learnstar, student teams participate in a challenge and are tested on their “on-line” knowledge.
Fire Education – Do You Remember?
January – March
In addition to reinforcing the Fire Safety Tips students have been taught in their previous visits students receive information on arson, false fire alarms, mischief and the criminal code. The Grade Six program also focuses on peer pressure relating to fire and fire related accidents, as well as an introduction to first aid for burns. Grade six classes are also able to test their fire safety knowledge using the Learnstar video system.