Play on Pedals Training
Play on Pedals Training provides the learning, skills and resources to promote cycling to early years participants in a fun and interactive way. Initially sponsored by the Peoples’ Postcode Lottery, the project was created in partnership between Cycling UK, Play Scotland, Glasgow Bike Station, North Lanarkshire Council and Cycling Scotland.
Pre-school children will learn about the parts of a bicycle, how to fit a helmet correctly and the basics of looking after their bikes. Through a series of fun and imaginative activities, they will be helped to develop their balance and control skills, often using a pedal-less balance bike.
When ready, children will get the opportunity to move onto a pedal bike. All sessions and games are designed to support confidence, interactive learning and development of physical skills.
Where does Play on Pedals happen?
Following the hugely successful Play on Pedals programme in Glasgow, the instructor training element is now being rolled out in nurseries and early years centres across the country by Cycling Scotland.
Indeed, 19 local authorities are currently supporting their practitioners through instructor training.
They include Stirling, South Ayrshire, Fife, Falkirk, East Dunbartonshire, Shetland, East Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Clackmannanshire, West Lothian, Orkney Council, East Lothian, Midlothian, Perth & Kinross, Moray, Dundee, North Lanakrshire, Inverclyde, Dumfries & Galloway.
With the success of the scheme so far, more local authorities continue to subscribe to Play on Pedals Training.
What support is available?
Local authorities that are signed up to Play on Pedals Training are able to access funding, training and resources from Cycling Scotland.
Play on Pedals – Videos
From practical advice on how you can teach your child to ride a bike, watch our new Play on Pedals videos here.