YOUNGSTERS learned how to overcome the dangers of the road as part of Child Safety Week.

Swindon Borough Council held a workshop at Raindrops Childcare, based at Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, on Tuesday.

Child Safety Week is organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust charity, which aims to reduce the number of children and young people injured in preventable accidents.

The session was for Raindrops’ children aged three and four.

Pre-school practitioner Zoe Reynolds said: “The talk and demonstration really engaged the children. They were incredibly receptive to it and there seemed to be a really good response.

“It is so important that children are aware of the dangers of the roadand seeking help from adults.”

The council will be visiting a number of schools throughout the week. One of those to benefit was Gorse Hill Primary School.

Sue Kershaw, their headteacher, said: “Keeping our children safe at all times is a top priority and this includes helping make sure their journey to and from school is as safe as possible.”

Coun Dale Heenan, the cabinet member for strategic planning, sustainability and transport, said: “I remember doing my cycle safety and proficiency course through my school 25 years ago, so it is great to see schools like Gorse Hill doing it too.

“Child Safety Week is an opportunity to remind people, including parents and motorists, of the dangers children face daily.

"If drivers reduce their speed, and children know how to walk and cycle safely then we can reduce accidents.”