RIGHT: Police mascot Constable Clancy and Sergeant Nadine Webster at People of Our Community Day.
RIGHT: Police mascot Constable Clancy and Sergeant Nadine Webster at People of Our Community Day. Contributed

Constable Clancy Koala and firemen at a fun family day

WATER POWER: A firie lets a child try the fire hose.
WATER POWER: A firie lets a child try the fire hose. Contributed

THE people you meet in the neighbourhood - and sometimes take for granted - have been given a warm hug by their community at a fun family day.

Choices Family Day Care celebrated People in our Community by organising a fun day in the park building connections between the early childhood sector and the local community.

Children, families, educators, staff and members of the community enjoyed a fun-filled morning with a visit from Constable Clancy Koala from the Yamanto police station and also a visit from the Ipswich fire brigade.

Constable Clancy Koala gave everyone a sticker and Sergeant Nadine Webster explained what it was like to be in the police service.

Children then enjoyed making themselves a police badge to wear for the rest of the morning.

Family daycare co-ordinator Wendy Anderson said providing a sense of community with children and families helped them build connections with the wider community and promoted a sense of belonging to those communities.

Two fire trucks from the Ipswich fire station arrived later in the morning to teach the children about fire safety and how a fire truck works.

The firemen and women explained to the children what all the equipment does and let the children experience spraying the fire hose.

The firemen let the children sit in the fire truck and answered many of the children's questions.

It was safe to assume, family day care educator Sasha Barr said, that many of the children now wanted to become a police officer or fireman.

When firemen asked one of the children what he thought about the visit, he said: "Super awesome."

Educators agreed "super awesome" pretty much summed up the morning.

The fun-filled morning is just one community event celebrated by Choices Family Day Care.

Choices Family Day Care says it believes learning about our community and sharing these experiences with children and their families helps children to understand the important work that happens in our community.

Choices Family Day Care operates in the Ipswich, Brisbane, Greenbank, Fernvale and Laidley areas.

For more information call 3151 2007 or visit choicesfdc.com.au

Children and their art work with firefighters at the Choices Family Day Care People of Our Community Day.
Children and their art work with firefighters at the Choices Family Day Care People of Our Community Day. Contributed


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