Promoting Healthy Communities at Kids Care Mindarie

Promoting Healthy Communities at Kids Care Mindarie

As part of the Lifelong Learning Centres ‘Healthy Children’ framework for activities, events and incursions, Kids Care Mindarie recently hosted a ‘Healthy Communities’ incursion – an exciting visit from their State Emergency Service (SES). It was a hands-on experience for the children and fun was had by all as they role-played coming to the rescue! 
 
“The children loved looking at all the equipment in the truck lockers and listened intently as Ken told them about what they do in emergency situations such as floods or really bad storms,” said Andrea Singh Sanghara, Centre Manager at Kids Care Mindarie.
 
“Then their excitement reached a whole new level as they were invited to climb in and around the truck to look at everything, and their beautiful imaginations ran away with them as they pretended to call for emergencies with the walkie talkie and drive the truck!”



Amongst all the fun, there was a serious message about the importance of emergency services and what the children should do if they ever found themselves in an emergency.
 
Stephen Faulkner, Community Engagement Coordinator at Wanneroo/Joondalup SES commented “One of the main priorities of the SES is to educate the community to be more resilient and better prepared when emergencies occur, and community engagement in schools and early learning centres is very important. We love to meet with the little ones and explain to them the different natural hazards they may face and ways they can be prepared and stay safe.”
 
An important message from the SES that families can help teach their children is that if they do ever find themselves lost, they should sit in one place and wait for help rather than walking around. It is more challenging for the SES to find missing people when they are moving around.
 
“This SES visit really brought to life for the children the benefits of being part of inclusive, caring and healthy communities,” said Andrea Singh Sanghara.
 
“It’s a positive message for the children to learn that there are people out there to help them and their families when it’s needed,” she said.
 
All Lifelong Learning Centres across Australia love having visits from their local community services, which always provide a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn, connect, contribute and have fun!
 
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Posted: 12/14/2017 5:03:52 PM by