Paramedics visit RIDBC Nepean

12/03/13
Riverstone Station Officer Jason Tanti with Mikaylah, Isabelle, Carlton and Matika from RIDBC Nepean Preschool

Children at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Nepean Preschool were excited to welcome two local paramedics for an interactive visit from the Ambulance Service of NSW on Friday 8 March at 10am.

The two paramedics will spend time with the children, bringing with them an Ambulance and a range of learning materials to provide valuable safety lessons.

Riverstone Station Officer Jason Tanti said the visit was a chance for paramedics to interact with the children in a fun and educational environment.

“Paramedics really look forward to visits with children because they’re so interested in hearing from us and also because of the safety lessons we can give to them,” Jason said.

“Our focus when speaking to young children is to drive home the importance of knowing to call Triple Zero (000) if they ever find themselves in a position where they, or someone around them, need some help from emergency services.

“It’s a vital message, and while teaching it we get to really have a good time with these eager young ones.”

RIDBC Nepean Preschool Director, Melissa Sangalang said they were grateful that the paramedics were giving up their time to speak with the children.

“Children with hearing or vision loss require intensive education and support to develop speech and language. For our children, the visit not only teaches them essential safety lessons, but also provides an excellent opportunity to learn language in context and to develop confidence speaking in a social setting,” said Melissa.

RIDBC Nepean Preschool, based in Glenmore Park, is a reverse integration preschool which is purpose built to cater for the needs of a child with vision or hearing loss. Children from the community also attend and are excellent language and learning models for their peers.