New water safety resources launch as winter sets in
Kids Alive – Do the Five has launched a new collection of water safety songs and toddler books.
55,000 books will be distributed to early education centres across the country and feature new cute ‘baby’ characters. Covering water safety in the home, pool, farm and beach the books were written in simple rhyming style perfect for little ones. As with all Kids Alive resources, the books and songs were assessed by water safety and early education experts.
Singer Ryan Gittoes wrote the eight new catchy songs for Kids Alive, which will be released on all listening channels over the next few months. The songs are fun and catchy and teach kids to be aware around water in a variety of settings. They are a celebration of water, and that special connection people have with it, and also how water activities are often a special, shared experience between parents and their kids.
It’s important to keep water safety messaging top of mind for both kids and their parents right throughout the year and these new resources reinforce what kids are learning at swim lessons. Combining lessons and learning at home will make children safer and more confident around water.
Supported through funding from the Department of Health and Aged Care, Federal Minister for Aged Care and Sport and mother of three Anika Wells, recognised the extremely important work Kids Alive – Do the Five had been undertaking for over twenty years.
“Their mission is simple – to reach as many under 5s throughout Australia with water safety messages and reduce the incidence of drowning in this age group to zero” she said.
“It’s so important for young children to learn about water safety and become competent swimmers and it is something that needs to happen all year round. Free resources like the Kids Alive books and songs help to achieve that in a special and engaging way. ”
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