South Perth Early Childhood Centre gets friendly visit from WA Police


Constable Cat McFadyen (left), Constable Andrew Harvey and Constable Sarah Price with South Perth Early Childhood Centre pupils.
Constable Cat McFadyen (left), Constable Andrew Harvey and Constable Sarah Price with South Perth Early Childhood Centre pupils.

WA Police last week visited the South Perth Early Childhood Centre to re-enforce the centre’s core philosophy of empowering children through protective behaviours.

Thirty-three children aged between 3-5 years took part in the presentation that aimed to identifying safe and approachable adults in the community.

Last year, the centre piloted a 10-week protective behaviours program to teach skills and strategies to help prevent and reduce child abuse and violence.

Constable Sarah Price, Maite Ortiz, Lily Van De Meen-Ortiz (3) and Constable Justin Fallows.

Educational leader Kylie Veer said it was important to teach protective behaviours to children at an early age in order to build a strong foundation of confidence and self-awareness.

“The course covers concepts including physical sensations we experience when we feel unsafe, the difference between a safe and unsafe touch and assertive body language and tone,” she said.

“These skills empowers children to be the charge of their own body and environment, for example, we teach that if aunty whoever comes up to them and wants a kiss but they don’t want; in my day it would have been expected to but we now teach that its ok to be assertive and say no.”

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