Firefighter mum creates education packs for Shetland kids in lockdown
27 May 2020
By Angeline Sneddon
Parents across Shetland can access home-schooling packs created by a local firefighter to teach children of all ages how to prevent, detect and escape from fire. The tasks, which are fun and interactive, provide young people with great new life skills that can be shared with the whole family. Younger children can enjoy stories about Francis Firefly, whilst older kids can take on crossword puzzles and teenagers can access lessons around antisocial behaviour and road safety. The online resource was created by Watch Commander Amy Gerrard from Lerwick, who has a daughter in primary one.
Amy said: “With the schools closed, and also being a mum myself, I was aware of the new ways that schools have been educating pupils online.
“It can be a challenge to keep your kids occupied right now and I hope this gives parents an extra resource to draw upon. “I wanted these packs to be full of educational messages aimed at keeping young people safe and out of trouble. “I really enjoyed working on this project and it builds on the strong partnership that already exists between Shetland Islands Council (SIC) and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service." Helen Budge, Director of Children’s Services for Shetland Islands Council welcomes the creation of these education packs through Safer Shetland Fire Safety: “It is good to see these important safety messages being delivered in such a fun and interactive way for our young people to engage with. I certainly welcome the commitment of this parent who is using her knowledge and skills to benefit all bairns across Shetland.” You can access Amy’s resources here: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/sh/digitalschoolhub/health-and-wellbeing/fire-safety/
5 year old Sophie Clueness from Shetland with her colourful creation.