Part of the Pack - School education program

The Part of the Pack program is a free educational program offered to early learning childhood centres; primary schools; outside school hours care groups and vacation care centres.

The presentation aimed at students is delivered in their own school/child care environment and provides essential information relating to the prevention of dog bites/attacks, being healthy around pets and responsible pet ownership.

Learning outcomes

Prep-Year 2 - Learners will know how to approach and be safe around dogs. They will know what to do if confronted by a dog.

Years 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 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.

Program details

The program’s focus 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

  • Sam Thaiday video – be safe around dogs
  • Presentation by Education Officer accompanied by Local Laws staff
  • A suitably trained and socialised dog will be present
  • Activity booklets will be made available at the end of the presentation

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