A SkillZONE visit is not suitable for pre-school age children, and is not always suitable for reception classes – particularly in the first half of the academic year when many in the class are still under 5 years.
Instead, EYFS and KS1 classes and preschools in the Gloucestershire County Council area can request a fire engine visit to their setting for a fire safety education session. The session consists of a short talk with the children (based where possible around a topic that they are covering, eg People who help us, Great Fire of London) and then a chance to look at the fire engine, ask questions and have a go at squirting water from the hose. We do NOT endorse setting fire to model houses under any circumstances, as this contradicts all our safety messages and can encourage fire play and curiosity fire setting in young children.
The visits are offered subject to national or local Covid-19 restrictions and guidance. We can deliver the session outside if you prefer. We will need somewhere safe to park the fire engine, where it is also safe for the children to be gathered.
If you would like to request a visit, or have any questions, please get in touch. Please note that while we visit as many settings as we can we may not be able to fulfil every request, especially at the end of term. We would like to politely emphasise that we are unable to arrange a visit via a parent or carer – requests must come from the school or setting staff. Please also note that we provide visits for the delivery of our education sessions only, we are not able to attend birthdays, leavers events etc. Thank you.
Are you requesting attendance at a careers event or school fete? Please email email@example.com.
Scout / guide groups, etc: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your request
Downloadable learning materials and a PowerPoint presentation can be accessed by clicking here for Early Years or here for Key Stage 1 resources
Nationally produced education materials and activities for all key stages are also available from the Staywise website
Louise and Chris, Early Years Education Team