Scallywag talks safety
Thursday, 5th August, 2010
Scallywag the Scarecrow visited the students of Rainbow Preschool yesterday to give a special message about fire safety.
A preschool teacher from Beechworth in Victoria, Vicki Connell, visited the local preschool to show children how to be safe on the farm.
The "Farm Safety Is Fun" program, developed and run by Vicki, who doubled as the scarecrow, used role play, music, puppetry, movement and humour to reach the children with messages about farm safety.
"The family farm is both a home and a hazard, especially for children," Vicki said.
"One child dies on average every 10 days in Australia through a farm related incident."
Vicki took notice a few years ago when children at a rural preschool where she taught suffered more than the "usual" amount of injuries on their farms.
She found there was no farm safety information specifically aimed at children. So she began to develop it herself.
"Safety messages need to be in a different 'language' for children because they see the world differently to adults and most certainly from a different height," Vicki said.
Scallywag is part of a touring show aimed at children up to the age of 12.
Vicki will also train the teachers, in collaboration with Sydney's Lady Gowrie Child Centre, on observation and documentation and provided Rainbow Preschool with a resource kit.
"At each town we visit we'll be delivering a farm safety resource kit, a parent workshop and professional development training for teachers in collaboration with Sydney's Lady Gowrie Child Centre, which provides quality leadership for early childhood professions," Vicki said.
For more information about safety educational resources visit www.safetyaroundfarmseducation.com.