17th Nov, 2019

Some helpful lessons

Malvern Editorial 29th Mar, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

WELLEND pre-schoolers have been having a whale of a time learning all about the different ‘people who help us’.

The youngsters have spent the last term investigating the roles of professions such as the police force and fire brigade.

As part of one of their special visits the children welcomed Bryony, a young guide dog puppy, and her trainer.

Miss Amie Sauntson, Welland Pre-school Manager, said: “It was a fantastic morning and the children were very well-behaved – they loved having Bryony for the day.”

The youngsters learnt how to help train the pooch using a whistle, lead and a number of toys.

They also wore special glasses to limit their sight and had a chance to use a stick while walking around blindfolded.

As well as this, they also used the sensory bag where they got to feel what was inside, without looking, before attempting to guess what it was.

The children also had a fantastic morning when members from the Malvern fire and rescue service paid them a visit.

After meeting the firefighters the youngsters got to have a look inside the fire engine and learn all about fire safety and the equipment.

The children then spent some time learning about the police and what they did before they met two of the force’s special police dogs, who went along with their dog handler.

Miss Sauntson said: “The children were able to try on the uniform and also have a look at all the equipment including handcuffs.”

One of the last visits was a trip to a dentist.

Miss Sauntson added it was great for the children to learn how and when to brush their teeth.

“The children learnt what foods were good for their teeth and which ones weren’t and finished the activity with a lovely goody bag to each take home.”

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