Fire safety is a very important topic to discuss with your children.
Allowing them to understand what happens if a fire occurs and the correct procedures to take could be vital in their safety.
Here are our top tips on how to teach your little ones about Fire Safety!
- Why not role play fire fighters? We find this a great way to make learning fun! Encourage your child to take the correct steps if a fire was to occur and introduce them to ringing ‘999’ and the correct actions to take.
- Fire Drills – At nursery we have regular fire drills, always involving the children. This allows us to teach them what would happen and what to expect (Fire alarm). We discuss with the children what the alarm is, what we do when we hear it, where we go and stand that is safe and what the fire brigade will do when they arrive.
- Speak to your children about the dangers of fires and how we keep safe. Do they know what fire hazards to look out for in your home? Why not make this into an activity! You could create your own ‘Fire Safety Checklist’ to fill out around your home making sure everything is safe.
- Stop, Drop and Roll. Introduce this safety tip to your children so they know what to do should fire ever be on their clothes.
- Always remember some children may feel frightened talking about this topic. It’s important that any activities you choose to undertake are age appropriate and suitable for the individual children.
Let’s Talk About Emotions!
Understanding our emotions is important and it is vital we encourage our little ones to not only understand their feelings, but also feel confident in talking about their emotions. Encouraging talk about feelings and emotions can help your child fully understand what they mean as well as having a big, positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing. It is important to start this from a young age.
Here are some ways you can encourage your child to understand and talk about their emotions :
- Talk with them – Conversation is key, and allowing your child to feel comfortable talking to you is the first step. Ask them open questions such as ‘how are you feeling?’ and follow on from this with ‘what made you feel this way?’. Asking open ended questions allows your child to openly talk about their feelings, and allows you to understand what makes them feel certain ways. This is a great way of understanding what emotions they link with certain events that have happened.
- Ask your child how they are feeling daily – This will encourage natural conversation about feelings and emotions in your day to day routine, not making it feel like a topic that can’t be discussed.
- Support their emotions – It’s important that your child knows that it’s okay to feel different emotions, good or bad.
- Create feelings faces! This can be done in numerous ways and is a lovely activity to make talking about emotions fun! Below are a few feelings faces we love!
- Read stories – We love to read stories about emotions and make it fun and relatable. A story book we love at nursery is The Colour Monster series!
- Make emotions jars – You can have a jar for different emotions that can be added to over time, encourage your child to discuss each emotion and trap them inside the jar for when they need to talk! If your child’s sad, why not get something out of their happy jar too see what will cheer them up?