Hello again Cockburn Libraries fans and families.

This week’s storytime blog is about Emergency Services. We often see feel good news stories on slow news weeks (so not for a while now!) about toddler’s saving a parent’s life by calling emergency services – so perhaps it’s never too early to start learning about the wonderful people who devote their lives to serving their communities.

Reading stories to your children about police, fire and ambulance services will help them to understand the importance of these services, why they exist and may help them cope when unexpected situations occur. 

DFES (Department of Fire and Emergency Services) provides some excellent resources for helping kids understand and react in emergency situations – mainly aimed at Pre-primary to year 2 students. One of the resources they provide aimed at early childhood is the Triple Zero Kid’s Challenge. The Triple Zero Kids Challenge is designed to help children learn about calling 000 in an emergency. It uses games and fun videos (accessed through Apple AppStore or Google Play), lesson plans and worksheets to teach safety messages.


Book cover for Dinosaur Rescue

Dinosaur rescue by Penny Dale is written for children 2-6 years of age. When a crew of builder dinosaurs break down on a level crossing, they know the only thing they can do to save themselves is to call Dinosaur Rescue! In no time at all, help is on its way, but will the Dinosaur Rescue team get there in time to stop the train? What better way to entertain and teach young kids that with a book that includes both emergency vehicles and dinosaurs!

Book cover for Australian Firefighters

Australian Firefighters by Aaron White was made by a local firefighter from right here in Western Australia. The pictures of the equipment, people and locations in this book are taken thanks to DFES and Secret Harbour Fire and Rescue. This book is a wonderful resource and a great opportunity to teach children about local resources – rather than the American versions of things they see regularly in books and on television. 

Book cover for Is this an Emergency? Ambulance

Is This An Emergency? Ambulance, The Adventures of Toby the Teddy is a self-published hardback children’s picture book that aims to teach the kids of today about 000. This new resource has been developed by Catherine Buckley and Amelia Harrison, who have backgrounds in primary teaching and paramedicine respectively, in order to subliminally educate kindergarten and primary school aged children as to when and how to call for an ambulance in an emergency. This is a fantastic book with useful information for children and grown-ups alike!

CRAFT – but Cooking!

Okay, so you probably have noticed by now that I sometimes choose to include a cooking project to do with your little one here instead of a craft. It’s not that I don’t like craft – I do! But, I love cooking more and I really feel that it is important to allow children to get involved in all aspects of a household (no matter how much mess is made) to enable them to grow into fully developed humans. And the real positive – snacks to eat when everything is clean and tidy again.

Seeing as we are talking about emergency services this time – I thought we’d try something a little different. 

Why not host a morning tea with your family, friends or a parenting group to raise a small donation for your local emergency services heroes? DFES provide links here for donating to local services. 

You can make this simple yet delicious scone recipe to share with your group – and have fun getting sticky with your little ones. 


Lemonade Scones


  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream
  • 1/2 cup lemonade


  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C and prepare a baking tray. I use baking paper rather than greasing the tray because it’s less to clean up.
  2. Put flour and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Add the cream and lemonade and mix until a soft dough.
  4. Knead the mixture on a floured surface until just combined.
  5. Press down until about 2cm thick.
  6. Using a floured scone cutter ( I use a plastic cup) cut out scones until you have used up most of the dough.
  7. Bring any scraps together and squish to make a few more scones.
  8. Place scones on your tray and brush the tops with a little milk to give a golden finish.
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  10. Serve with lots of butter, jam, cream or whatever you like best!

Play School from ABC Kids have just released an excellent new series to help kids be prepared in an emergency. This is so relevant today particularly considering how many serious situations have been occurring in Australia over the last couple of years. The following video is a trailer for their series and you can see all the videos via this link.

Play School Everday Helpers