Air Quality in London

Every child in London is breathing toxic air, mainly caused by road vehicles. Help reduce emissions where possible by using public transport, cycling, walking, or driving vehicles that meet the emission standards.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is coming to central London from 8 April 2019, in the same area as the congestion charge zone. Vehicles such as cars, vans and motorcycles will need to meet new, stricter emission standards or pay the daily ULEZ charge, in addition to the weekday congestion charge.

From 25 October 2021, the ULEZ area will be expanded to include the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular roads.

Find out more about how to help us reduce emissions, and the Ultra Low Emission Zone at https://tfl.gov.uk/ulez

Being a good role model

Children learn by example, especially the example set by their parent/carer, so it is important that as an adult you are a good role model for your child to follow.

As well as setting an example you can help your child to retain good road safety and active travel attitudes and behaviour by encouraging them to show you what they have learnt whenever you are out and about, and putting into practise the appropriate road safety and active travel message as a suitable opportunity arises.

Praise them when they do something well or remember the messages.

How it works

At the beginning of term your child's nursery is sent an invitation to enrol your child in The Children's Traffic Club London (CTC London). Children are given a members pack which they should pass on to you.

The pack introduces your child to all The CTC London material. You will also find a unique Magic Code (Coralie add a pic here) that gives you and your child access to all the online material. Just pop in your code and email address. To get your free height chart gift, just complete your address details during registration so we can send this to you.

In the members online area, you'll find lots of fun interactive stories, games and songs for your child. There is also an App available for members to download free from iTunes and Google Play, which means your child can play the simple games to help reinforce the road safety and active travel messages they will have learnt through the printed and online content.

What members get

Printed content:
The A5 printed membership pack contains a picture storybook introducing the characters and their backgrounds. There are activities that will help reinforce the message and lots of stickers. At the front of the pack contains a unique ‘Magic code’ that gives access to the online content.

Online content:
Enter the unique 'Magic code' and register using the an email address. This will activate the child’s online membership and give access to all the online content including interactive stories, games and songs, all set within familiar London environments.

Top tips for key themes

Understanding what is traffic

Explain traffic is another word for lots of vehicles that are moving on the road and they come in all sizes – some big, some small.

What a street is

Talk about how often streets can be busy with people and traffic. Roads are for traffic, pavements are for people, the kerb is the name given to the edge of the pavement.

Always hold hands when out and about

We must always hold hands; if your hands are full get them to hold what you are holding, for example a buggy or bag. Children must also understand not to run near traffic and more importantly never run into the road.

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK before crossing the road

Make sure your child knows where to STOP at the kerb; not too close to the edge, but not so far back they can’t see the road clearly. They must LOOK and LISTEN all around for traffic and THINK about what they are doing.

Use safer crossing places like Zebra and Pelican crossings or traffic islands

Explain that, where possible, we should always find a safer crossing place to cross the road. Make sure you still use the stop, look, listen and think rule. Describe the different features each crossing has, for example the black and white stripes at a Zebra crossing, red and green man signal at a Pelican crossing or traffic islands.

Always wear your seatbelt in the car

As well as always wearing a seatbelt it is important that your child is sitting in a car seat/booster cushion correct for their age/height. Talk about how it is important for the driver to concentrate, so we must never distract them.

Wear bright colours so you can be seen

If you are not wearing something bright then make sure you carry something bright like a white bag when it is dark or dull outside.

Play in safer places away from traffic, like the park or a garden

Explain what makes a park or garden a safer place – that it keeps traffic away from us, safely behind fences, gates or walls.

Different ways to travel around London

Discuss the different ways we can travel in and around London and their features, for example buses are red and we must press the bell to let the driver know we are getting off at the next bus stop. Talk about the modes of transport that travel on tracks, for example tubes, overground and trams.

Active travel

It is important to explain the benefits of walking, cycling and scooting – it keeps us healthy and fit. More importantly it reduces the number of vehicles on the road that can cause bad pollution.