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Thursday, 25 July 2013

** Registration closes Thursday! ** Kids Holiday Program


When are programs being run?

Programs will run between September 23 and October 4, depending on location. Dates will be clearly outlined on the online registration form.

What is the Kids Holiday Program?

The Kids Holiday Program is designed to teach children the important skills of bike control and road safety. It focuses on teaching children between the ages of 5 and 12 how to be confident and competent riders in both traffic-free and traffic environments so that they can safely ride on the weekend, to school or with friends and family. 

What is the aim of the program?

· To provide children will the skills and confidence to ride their bikes safely

· To introduce children to bike riding in a safe, social and controlled environment

· To help children develop lifelong skills that will allow them to cycle for fun, fitness or transport

· To foster independence and a teach healthy lifestyle habits for children

· To ensure all Australian children have the opportunity to ride

What programs are available?

Participants can choose to be involved in one or more of the following:

  • The Beginner - Bike Control Program, which will give children the skills to confidently and safely ride their bike in a controlled, traffic-free environment. Children will be able to control their bike through a range of bike handling skills, brake safely in different types of conditions and learn and apply safety principles when riding a bike.

    The program is based around a variety of games and relays to teach the skills in a fun, engaging and safe way and provides a solid foundation of skills for riding safely.

    In some locations, Bike Control will be offered to participants in two separate programs; those already able to ride two-wheel bikes and a separate class for a 'training wheels to two wheels' program.  Dependent upon registration numbers, programs may be further divided up, e.g. 5-8 year olds and 9-12 year old programs.

  • The Intermediate - Road Safety Program, which is for children who can already ride a two wheel bike and ideally, have already successfully completed the Bike Control Program, or can demonstrate competency with those skills.

    This program applies all the skills learned in the Bike Control classes and builds on these to enable children to be able to ride safely and confidently on shared paths, bike paths as well as low traffic environments like as suburban streets. Children will be taught how to effectively scan and identify hazards while riding, signal safely while riding in traffic, and correctly negotiate intersections and roundabouts.

    In the Intermediate Program there is a heavy focus on teaching the participants how to successfully negotiate traffic-free to low-traffic environments through a series of simulated situations in a traffic-free environment first. Once competent, participants may be introduced to low-traffic environments and experience a variety of riding experiences. 

    The Intermediate Program utilises a variety of games, drills and relays and straights, circuits and scenarios from the Beginner Bike Control Program to teach the skills in a fun engaging and safe way. The program will include a number of simulated traffic-free environments to introduce as many low-traffic cycling scenarios as possible. 

How long does the program last?

Each level of the Kids Holiday Program lasts for 6-hours, which is broken down into three sessions of 2 hours in length. The programs are delivered in sequence and progressively to ensure maximum skill development and understanding. 

How many children will be in each Program?

There is a maximum of 15 places per program available. Programs can either be postponed or cancelled in attendance is less than 9 due to associated costs. This decision will be jointly made between AustCycle and Provider. 

What is the Teacher to child ratio?

There will be 1 AustCycle Teacher/Skills Coach per program. Note: This will be dependent upon the number of participants in the program, age bracket of the program being delivered and whether the sessions are being held in a traffic-free or low-traffic environment. Additional Teachers/Coaches for program delivery can be discussed with AustCycle.

What should I bring to each session?

Children should bring a working bike, Australian standard helmet, water bottle and a copy of this invoice. Please note that bikes and helmets are not supplied on the day so children must source these before arriving.

How much does the program cost?

Early bird fees will range between $60 and $69, depending on location, with the standard fee ranging between $70 and $79. This standard fee will come into effect three weeks prior to program cut-off date.

What accreditation do the Teachers have?

AustCycle is delivered through a national network that uses AustCycle accredited Teachers who have each completed our specialised training. Each Teacher holds a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) and First Aid certificate.

What should I wear?

All children should wear closed toe shoes, comfortable clothing and of course, their helmet.

When do registrations close?

Registration will close 1 week before the Program begins. 

What happens if it rains on the day?

Programs will go ahead in all weather, with variation to the activities as needed to avoid getting too wet. Children should dress appropriately for all weathers and bring a rain jacket to allow for riding in light rain.

What happens if I need to cancel my booking?

If a booking is cancelled 7 days or more prior to the program date, a full refund will be issued less the administration fee of $20.00. However, if a booking is cancelled within 7 days of the course, then a refund will not be issued. 


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