This week the children at Koala Corner have been practising different types of fire drills and today was my turn to run it. My drill was the basic fire drill. I started with blowing the whistle loud and clear then to walk through the building yelling out "there is a fire in the kitchen". Melissa is called out of the kitchen by Yvette, who quickly gets her high visibilith vest on, then proceeds to collect the sign in and out sheets the visitors book and then she makes sure all doors are shut and nobody is left in the rooms.
While Yvette is getting her items together, I am walking out quickly to the yard blowing the whistle and calling out fire in kitchen. My job is to collect the first aid box, evacuation bag and all medications that are required for the children. All educators in the mean time are collecting the children and taking them to the evacuation area around the side of the Joey room. Once all children and educators are at the meeting point we do a role call. This means we call out the children's name and their job is to say "here I am". The Joey room children are a little young, but I must admit they seem to surprise us at times, as some children are able to put their hands up in the air to say they are here when they hear their name being called. Our Possum room children are really good at doing the drills and are very helpful with helping the educators by holding childrens hands and guiding them to the area and you can hear them call out "there is a fire let's go!".
The purpose of our fire drills is to ensure that everyone knows how to exit safely and as quickly as possible if a fire, smoke, carbon monoxide or any other emergency occurs and to familiarise the children with the sound of the whistle.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 1: Children have a strong sense of identity Elements: 1.3 Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities. Children engage in fire drills to become familiar with the concept of safety.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget's theories. He believes the child is an active learner and that the child must be given opportunities to explore and make discoveries.
Critical Reflection: Todays drill went off really well with all educators and children being able to particpate in this drill efficiently. It is always great to see how the children are able to follow instructions and are very helpful with their peers and getting themselves to an area without being upset or frightened. Follow up: Another drill tomorrow.