Children’s centre in Sheffield produces song and story books to help teach safety messages

A young girl at Sheffield Children;s Centre learns about fire

A young girl at Sheffield Children;s Centre learns about fire

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Song and story books created in a children’s centre in Sheffield are being used to promote a raft of safety messages aimed at reducing deaths and injuries.

The books were developed thanks to a £20,000 grant from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

They form part of an education package put together at the Shoreham Street-based centre, working with children, families and carers, to form age specific safety messages.

An Early Years Practitioner Guide has also been produced and a series of qualifications for early years practitioners is being developed aimed at setting a national standard for teaching fire and other safety messages to young children.

It is hoped the materials will be used in Mexico, with some Mexican students having helped write and illustrate the story books.

Chrissy Meleady, Chairman of the Sheffield Children’s Centre’s Advisory Support Group, said: “Through the centre’s outreach work with children and families and services across South Yorkshire, we found that fire safety and home safety resources for early years children and their families lacked real world emphasis.

“The key safe messages were not being fostered as well as they should be for the sake of children and families, and nor were they aligned to meet regulatory requirements.”

Steve Helps, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: “What makes the scheme truly unique is that it’s children themselves who have been instrumental in creating resources which are appropriate for young people and their families.”