Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure at Forest Lake Childcare

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There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
“I feel this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong.”

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you–just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.”

― Shel Silverstein

At Joseph Forest Lake Childcare Bravehearts Ditto's Keep Safe Adventure ShowBanks Education & Childcare we believe in educating children about their own feelings, what they mean and how they can deal with them. We also believe it is very important to teach children how to look after their personal safety.

We do this through many different mediums, tools and communication, but we have the most fun when Bravehearts ‘Ditto’ comes to visit us! Ditto is big and cuddly, she sings songs, she makes us laugh and she performs for us with funny dancing!

Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show‘ by Bravehearts is an interactive experience for children of all age groups which empowers them to protect themselves and learn when to say, “no”.

This educational show gives children the opportunity to learn in a safe, group environment where they can discuss and ask questions about ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings, what their ‘private parts’ are, and what to do if they feel unsafe and/or unsure.

As Joseph Banks Education & Childcare Center Director, Lara Van Ling says, “The Bravehearts Ditto Show manages to convey complex and sensitive topics in a fun and age appropriate manner.”

One of the ways this is done is through an interactive song, which incorporates dance moves that the younger children at our Forest Lake childcare centre can more easily relate to:

Private Parts Song

Private parts, Private parts,
They belong to me,
Private parts, Private parts,
They belong to me.

My mouth and my chest are my private parts,
Between my legs and my bottom are,
If anyone touches I say AH-AHH!
They’re my private parts.

Private parts, Private parts,
They belong to me,
Private parts, Private parts,
They belong to me.

My mouth and my chest are my private parts,
Between my legs and my bottom are,
If anyone touches I say AH-AHH!
They’re my private parts.

Private parts, Private parts,
They belong to me,
No one else to look, no one else to touch,
No one else to see.

My private parts from my head to my toes,
Are only for me,
So now you know that nobody goes,
Near my private parts.

The children really enjoy particpating in the show because it’s fun and informational. While the educators really enjoy having the opportunity to raise these important issues with the children in such an engaging and informal manner.

We also make it a priority to extend the children’s learning and follow up on Ditto’s very important messages throughout the year with a variety of other learning acitivities.

Not only is Bravehearts an important institution for the children to learn from, but it also provides useful tools and resources for our Early Birds Education & Childcare staff.

In order to ensure that all Early Birds educators are trained and updated on Child Protection Regulations as part of Quality Areas and Standards set out by the Department of Education, we attend workshops conducted by Bravehearts. This way, our Joseph Banks Educators are able to provide the highest quality of care for children, be a strong support network for families and join Bravehearts vision of making Australia “the safest place to raise a child”.

For more information about Bravehearts Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show, please visit: http://www.bravehearts.org.au/pages/education.php