Playful parenting How to play guides Preparing your child to play outside safely and confidently Prepare your child to be safe around roads Prepare your child to walk and cycle independently by explaining and showing them from an early age how they can keep themselves safe on and around roads. Help your child to get to know your neighbourhood Walk and cycle with your child in your local area. Help them identify safe routes to play spaces and to the other places they need to go. Make agreements with your child Once your child is confident enough to travel around and play out without you, you can agree with them where they are going to play and how long they’ll be out. It is helpful if they can tell the time, if they know the neighbourhood, and if they know your address and phone number, too. Keep your worries in perspective Try and be realistic about your fears for your child’s safety. For most people in most areas, the benefits of playing outside far outweigh the risks. Take a community approach to play Get to know local people – neighbours and other families – and agree to keep an eye out for the children in your neighbourhood. Children will be safer if more of them play outside.