Wiggly tune set to bolster kids’ first aid skills
- St John WA is introducing a new specially-written song by The Wiggles into early childhood first aid training,
- Children aged as young as three can learn key steps that can save a life through St John WA’s First Aid Focus program,
- St John delivers training to about 38,000 young Western Australians from pre-kindy to year 12 each year through First Aid Focus, with a goal to reach every eligible young person by 2025.
A new song penned by international children’s singing sensation The Wiggles will be included in St John WA’s early childhood first aid training program to deliver life-saving skills to the next generation of first responders.
The Triple Zero (000) Song, written for St John WA, will be released during The Wiggles’ WA tour in May. The song will be included in the St John WA first aid curriculum for children aged as young as three who learn what to do in an emergency. It will also be used for children in their first years of school to help cement foundational “DRS ABCD” knowledge - Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, Circulation and Defibrillation.
The song is part of a three-year partnership between St John and The Wiggles to increase education and understanding to children and families about the importance of first aid skills and what to do in an emergency.
St John WA Youth and Community Engagement manager Sam-Tahlia Ford said the song was a perfect vehicle for the first aid message thanks to memorable lyrics, repetition, and a catchy tune.
“We do short 30-minute education sessions with young children who learn what an ambulance is, what a paramedic is and how to send for help. Our classes are designed to be fun and engaging and we already know The Wiggles’ Triple Zero (000) Song will get young kids on their feet and dancing which is perfect for this type of learning,” Ms Ford said.
“The Wiggles have done an incredible job with the lyrics so we can clearly tie the education of our budding first aid superstars to the song. It will make a big difference to the ability of young kids to remember their first aid skills.”
St John WA CEO Michelle Fyfe said each year, the State Operations Centre at St John fielded calls from young children who had dialled Triple Zero (000) to aid a parent or guardian.
“Our vision is for every school child to have access to free first aid training in WA to build stronger, more resilient communities,” Ms Fyfe said.
St John WA’s charitable program of works includes free first aid for children from pre-kindy to year 12 supported by St John Giving the charitable arm of St John WA.