People who help us: Emergency, 999!

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Use these fun ideas to introduce the children to the important roles played by the main emergency service helpers

Emergency, 999!

1 Cops and robbers

Investigate a robbery carried out by a story character

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Exploration and Investigation

Development matters: show an interest in why things happen (22-36 months); show an awareness of change (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Copies of Burglar Bill and Cops and Robbers both by Allan and Janet Ahlberg (Picture Puffin); role-play area set up as a ‘homely’ scene; props such as computer gadgets, ornaments and jewellery; ‘Cops and robbers (1)’ and ‘Cops and robbers (2)’ activity sheets; ‘cops’ and ‘robbers’ dressing-up clothes.

What to do

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