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Susie the Childminder
Meet Susie the childminder. Through books and activities, Susie helps young people understand how to stay safe.
Susie teaches the children how to keep safe on the road and how to be prepared if there is an emergency.
The Susie the Childminder books were created by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum. We thank them and DEFRA who funded the project, for kindly allowing us to use them for the benefit of children in Wiltshire and Swindon.
Susie and the children discover whether anyone has remembered the twin’s birthday and hear how Josie saved the day and kept everyone safe when the smoke alarm went off.
Paddling Up Stream
Put on your wellies! Lydia and her friends are at the river learning how to keep safe in and around water as she attempts to save a lost duckling, or so she thinks!
Snowflakes and Icicles
As the magical snowflakes and icicles decorate the lane where Susie the childminder lives, the villagers need to work together to keep everyone safe. Find out if the children make it to Susie’s house, when the school is closed, and if Nanny Dot manages to find the precious stone from her 50 year old brooch.
When you have read Snowflakes and Icicles print out these fun activities and see if you can remember what you learnt from Susie and the children
Being prepared How to keep your elderly neighbours safe
Keeping safe during cold and icy weather Remember the snow safety messages
Looking after our world Think of ways you can travel instead of using the car
Sun, Sea and Seashells
Susie and the children are at Susie’s beach hut by the sea discovering how the contents of the ‘Rainy Day Box’ can help to keep them safe from the hot sun as they build castles of sand, play in the sea and collect buckets of seashells from the beach.
When you have read Sun, Sea and Seashells print out these fun activities and see if you can remember what you learnt from Susie and the children
Being prepared How to keep you and your neighbours safe in scorching hot weather
Join the children to find out what happens one very wet afternoon on the day the pet show was moved to Susie the childminder’s house
When you have read The Flood print out these fun activities and see if you can remember what you learnt from Susie and the children
Being prepared What would you put in your emergency grab bag?
Keeping safe during an emergency How would you get help in an emergency?
Looking after our world What can you do to help?
Journey to School
The children are going back to school and Susie has got them some great gifts to help them get there safely.
Travelling Back in Time to School
Susie and the children retrace Nanny Dot’s journey to school back in 1946 and realise how very different the traffic was in those days. Will Kit’s idea be a success and will Nanny Dot realise who was behind the surprise?
This book raises awareness of sustainable transport and highlights issue around road safety. When you have read the book, why not try some of these related activities in class or at home?
KS1 Crossword challenge See if you can solve the clues which lead to a car-free, safer school run
KS1/2 Letter home Why not write a letter to your grown-ups at home to explain about “Park and Stride” and any ideas you have to suggest for your School Travel Plan? Perhaps you can then help to make your school run safer too?
KS2 Extension Ideas For Use By Teachers This book aims to introduce children to the idea of a School Travel plan and how they can travel to and from school in a safe and more sustainable way. This document contains suggestions to extend the children’s learning through maths and English. They can be used as standalone activities or integrated into a whole school sustainability week.
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