Term 3 – 18th August 2019
Our Hospital Incursion
On Wednesday 14th August, we had the pleasure of welcoming Marianne from The Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital (Awchwa) to our class. She visited our classes to teach the Pre-Primary children all about hospitals and what to expect if they ever need to be treated in a children’s hospital.
The children also met Pete and Amy, the hospital dolls. We role played with Pete and Amy, learnt all about some of the special equipment needed to treat patients, the types of protective clothing that medical staff wear and how needles, drips and oxygen masks are administered safely to help patients. We also discussed when, how and who is allowed to administer medication to children and we watched as Marianne gave medicine to Amy and Pete.
The children enjoyed having a turn in the wheelchair and learning how to use crutches. Marianne took the children’s blood pressure and they all had a turn at using a stethoscope to listen to their own heart beat. We made hospital bands, learnt about bones in our body and put together a skeletal puzzle of ‘Mr Funny Bones.’ The children dressed up in medical attire, used tools and equipment to role play doctors, nurses, surgeons and ambulance officers.
We watched a video about a little boy who broke his arm and we followed the whole process with him as he was consulted, treated, operated on, all the way through to his recovery in hospital. There were beds in the children’s hospital for his parents to stay close by and even a school and other children to play with. We learnt that being treated in hospital is not so scary after all.
It was a fun and informative day!
Thank you Marianne.
We have a number of future doctors, nurses, surgeons and paramedics in our class! Our shared outdoor play space is now in transformation…soon to be the Pre-Primary Hospital!
All patients welcome!