Children's Safety Village
The YMCA Children’s Safety Village is a child-sized village located in the Thames Valley School Board District within Fanshawe Conservation Area. The outdoor village features 26 small buildings surrounded by streets with authentic and operational traffic signals, traffic signs, railway crossing, and a life-size school bus. In the main building there are two classrooms, used for fire and police safety lessons and emergency preparedness programming. There is a fully functional kitchen used for safety programming, plus our mascot Sparky the Fire Dog’s very own apartment - equipped with a smoke machine and escape window used for real-life lessons.
Through hands-on safety education, the Children’s Safety Village helps reduce injuries by teaching children from kindergarten to grade 4 about individual responsibility and awareness while traveling in cars, riding bikes, walking down the street, being in the kitchen, and encountering a fire in the home. Lessons are taught by educators from the London Police Service, London Fire Department, and Middlesex-London Paramedic Service and link directly to the Healthy Living Strand under Personal Safety and Injury Prevention Expectations.
The YMCA Children’s Safety Village is operated by the YMCA under contract with the Children’s Safety Village Board of Directors. The YMCA Children’s Safety Village programming is supported by London Police Service, London Fire Department, Middlesex-London Paramedic Service, the London District Catholic School Board, and Thames Valley District School Board.