Part of the Pack - "safety around dogs" education program
The Part of the Pack program is a free educational program offered to early childhood centres and kindergartens; primary schools; outside school hours care groups; and vacation care centres.
Presentations are delivered to children/students in their own educational facility environment. Essential safety information is provided to participants about how they are able to reduce the risk of being bitten or attacked by a dog. They are shown what to do if they get scared by a dog.
Early Childhood Centres & Kindergartens - Children will know how to stay safe around dogs and what to do when they become fearful of a dog.
Prep-Year/Grade 2 - Learners will know how to approach and be safe around dogs. They will know what to do if confronted by a dog.
Years/Grades 3-4 - Learners will know how to approach and be safe around dogs. They will know what hygiene practices they should observe when handling dogs.
Years/Grades 5-6 - Learners will know how to approach and be safe around dogs. They will know and understand what their responsibilities are when they own pets.
Kindergartens, Early Learning and Childhood Centres - program focuses on teaching children how to be safe around dogs. It aligns with Quality Area 6 – Collaborative partnerships with families and communities of the National Quality Framework (National Quality Standards).
Primary Schools - program is principally about being safe and healthy around dogs and pets and aligns to aspects of the Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education: Personal, Social and Community Health learning area and encourages our young people to be healthy, safe and active. It has been developed in three tiers: Prep to Year 2; Year 3 & 4; and Years 5 & 6. While all presentations will discuss the principles of being safe around dogs, the Years 3 & 4 program includes an additional component around health and hygiene around pets and the Years 5 & 6 program includes an additional component on responsible pet ownership.
Program format options
- Early learning/childcare group presentation
- Classroom presentation (*)
- Cohort presentation (*)
- Parade talks for whole of school - series of twelve 5-10 minute presentations
Program delivery - Kindergartens, Early Learning and Childcare Centres
- Presentation by Education Officer
Program delivery - Primary Schools
- Presentation by Education Officer, accompanied by Local Laws Officer
- A suitably trained and socialised dog will be present with its owner/handler at (*) presentations and selected parade talks
- Where practical, "Pause, be safe around dogs" rap song video will be shown
- Activity booklets will be made available at the end of the presentation