The Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village is an educational centre where children learn about safety and injury prevention in a safe and interactive environment.
Statistics show that accidental injury is the leading cause of death and disability among school aged children. The Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village can dramatically reduce injuries by teaching individual responsibility and awareness. Through hands-on training at the Village, children develop a positive attitude toward safety that will be remembered into adulthood.
The facility is 7500 square feet with a 5 acre miniature village and is located in the C.M. Wilson Conservation Area.
Programs currently target grades 1, 4, and 6, due to these being the children most at risk in our community.
Grade 1 Programs- offered in the fall
· Water & Ice Safety- Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
· Pedestrian & Railway Safety- Chatham-Kent Police Service
· Fire Safety & Prevention- Chatham-Kent Fire Department
Grade 4 Programs- offered in the spring
· Bicycle Safety- Chatham-Kent Police Service
· Fire Safety & Prevention (level 2)- Chatham-Kent Fire Department
· Electrical Safety & Conservation- Chatham-Kent Energy
Grade 6 Programs- offered in the winter
· Internet Safety- Chatham-Kent Police Service
· Farm & ATV Safety- Chatham-Kent Farm Safety Association
· Basic First-Aid & EMS- Chatham-Kent Paramedic Association
New suggestions for programming as well as new partnerships in the community are always welcomed!
Core programs are available to local schools in the Chatham-Kent area, including Walpole Island. Throughout the year there are special occasions, family days and open houses, in which the general public are invited out to experience and learn about the Children’s Safety Village.
Other programs include a variety of professional, approved first-aid and CPR courses for adults and teenagers. A portion of the fees collected from these courses help financially support our youth programming. Please call us for information on individual and corporate rates.
The Children's Safety Village is a registered non-profit organization that relies heavily on the generosity of local businesses, corporations, foundations, and individuals for financial support. Funds are also raised through various fundraiser events held throughout the year. We do not receive ongoing government funding and we are not run by the Municipality.
There are many ways for individuals and companies to help including; donating money, volunteering your time, sponsoring programs and events, donating auction items for fundraisers, donating items on the wish list (cleaning supplies, equipment, office supplies, etc.) and supporting/participating in special events.
By working together, Chatham-Kent can be a safer place for children to live, learn and play.