Community

Early Childhood

MFB receives regular enquiries from kindergartens and child care centres requesting a visit from firefighters to teach children about fire safety and allow children to see fire trucks up close and meet firefighters personally.

MFB does not deliver structured fire safety programs to children below primary school age due to the low retention rates for information they had learned and an increased risk of stimulating interest in fire play and risky behaviour.  These were issues identified by the Mental Health Services of the Royal Children’s Hospital in collaboration with MFB.

However, young children are capable of learning learn safety skills and knowledge. Learning about fire safety starts in the home.  Model the behaviour you want children to learn.  Young children need the correct information to be given to them in a way that suits their age and learning style. They love repetition and will benefit from the chance to practice numerous times in different situations.  This can be in the form of direct instruction, or through play.  Their understanding and retention will be further helped if this happens regularly over a period of time.  This means that parents, caregivers and early childhood educators are well placed to teach young children about fire safety.

They can be supported in this task by access to fire safety resources such as MFB/CFA’s Home Fire Safety book and Early Fire Safe information

An interest in firefighters and fire trucks is common in young children.  The best place to see them in action would be at the regular community displays held at the larger stations in the MFB area.

MFB has produced a poster kit for use in early childhood settings.  The kit consists of ten posters showing fire trucks, firefighters in action and an MFB alphabet poster.

Download posters here:

For further information regarding the kindergarten and child care kits contact the Community Resilience Department on (03) 9665 4464 or commres@mfb.vic.gov.au

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