What is a school crossing patrol?
School crossing patrols (often referred to as a 'lollipop man/lady') provide a safer crossing place for parents and children to cross the road on school journeys. They are primarily provided for children aged 5-11, at sites which meet the necessary criteria.
Working as a school crossing patrol
There are over 140 patrol sites in Nottinghamshire and a number of these sites are vacant at the moment. If you are aged over 18 and are in good health, you could apply for a job in this dedicated team. Relief patrols are also needed to cover a site or group of sites when the regular patrol is off work. This may suit you if you only want occasional work.
Nottinghamshire's school crossing patrols are a dedicated team of people who:
- are there come rain, hail, snow or sunshine
- play a vital part in protecting vulnerable members of our community
- only work for an hour or so each day but without them, children could be at risk
- are much appreciated by those who use the service they provide
- have a high degree of job satisfaction.
We currently have vacancies at Sutton in Ashfield, Huthwaite, Eastwood, East Leake and Gotham.
If you are interested in the above vacancy please tel: 0115 977 4373.
Advice for parents
Although we provide school crossing patrols, parents are still responsible for making sure their children get to school safely. Remember, if you are crossing with your child at a patrol site:
- Wait at the kerb
- Don't follow the patrol out into the road
- Only walk across when the patrol tells you
- Always walk in front of the patrol, not behind.
Advice for drivers
Remember, if you are approaching a patrol site:
- Slow down and be prepared to stop
- Stop at the patrol's signal
- It is an offence not to stop at a patrol's signal and you could get a fine and penalty points on your driving licence if convicted
- Be patient – a child's life could be at stake.