Kids cop an insight into the life of a policeman

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey Police Sgt. Scott Gillis shows the children at Harvey Occasional Childcare Centre some of the things involved in being a police officer.
Camera IconHarvey Police Sgt. Scott Gillis shows the children at Harvey Occasional Childcare Centre some of the things involved in being a police officer.

Children at the Harvey Occasional Child Care Centre were given inside information about the work involved in being a police officer last Tuesday.

Sgt Scott Gillis from Harvey police visited the centre to discuss all things safety with the pre-kindergarten group.

It follows on from a visit earlier this month from Harvey Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Scott Britza who shared the message of fire safety and explained the brigade’s role in the community.

“As a community-run organisation, Harvey Occasional Child Care Centre has spent the beginning of 2019 building and fostering positive relationships with the local community,” centre manager Rena Curulli said.

“The educational program has been focused on community groups, community events and “safe people” within the community.”

Mrs Curulli said the program aimed to encourage children to have a strong sense of belonging, safety and personal well-being.

Sgt Scott Gillis shows Makenna Charchalis, Tessa Mcdonald and Silas Easton, all 3, how to use a hand-held speed radar.
Camera IconSgt Scott Gillis shows Makenna Charchalis, Tessa Mcdonald and Silas Easton, all 3, how to use a hand-held speed radar.

“Listening to the voices of the community has also been a strong focus for HOCCC over the last few months, as the staff strived for continuous improvement based on our community needs,” Mrs Curulli said.

Some of these improvements designed to tailor the service to the community includes switching to the digital platform QikKids Journeys, and increasing the centre’s opening hours from 6:30am-6pm weekdays.

“Another of the most recent improvements, due to popular demand from the community is an increase in opening hours, to best cater for the working families,” Mrs Curulli said.

Tessa Mcdonald, 3, wants to take a test drive.
Camera IconTessa Mcdonald, 3, wants to take a test drive.
Rocco Curulli, 3, has a go behind the wheel.
Camera IconRocco Curulli, 3, has a go behind the wheel.
Silas Easton, 3, settles into the hot seat.
Camera IconSilas Easton, 3, settles into the hot seat.

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