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Emergency hero's

During the month of April our Nga Teina room are learning about emergency heroes. They are learning about their jobs the vehicles they drive and the uniforms they wear. We were able to get Community Constable Niki to come in and talk to our children about what her job is and how police officers are there to help and keep us safe, she showed us what everything on her uniform does and how her radio works. She taught the children a song about how to cross the road safely. Then she took the children outside to see her police car, she put the lights and sirens on for the children to see and hear, and did you know thatpolice cars have 3 different siren noises? Because we didn't? We made our very own police station and had some of the police accessories for the children to carry out role play. They thoroughly enjoyed this and have been having fun arresting their friends and catching the badies. The children made police and got to wear them around on a road track that we had made for them.

We also had an ambulance officer come in. She brought in a mini ambulance for the children to see and turn on sirens and lights. She sang songs, told stories and informed the children about all 3 emergency crews which are fire crew, police offices and ambulances, and that when we need help to dial 111. We set up a hospital and had doctors equipment and Whaea Leela was a patient and let all of the children help her. The children loved putting band on her especially on her face, giving her injections and listening to her heart beat.

These experiences have been followed through with weekly planning to enhance the children's knowledge with the emergency crews. The children have really loved this month's learning experiences and joined in and participated with everything that has been provided. It has been really informative for our children and hopefully now when there is an emergency they won't be so scared because they know people will be there to help.