Decision making 1

Young children need to be prepared for situations where they might have to make a decision on their own – and take action. This might happen if they lose you in a public place, or if you fall ill at home and need them to get help. Talk to your child about:

  • What to do if you become ill and they cannot wake you.
  • What to do if they get lost in a shop/other public place.
  • What to do if there is a fire at home.

Children need to know:

  • Their address
  • Their home telephone number
  • Your full name
  • Your mobile telephone number

If your child is not able to memorise these, write them down and put them in an easily accessible place at home (e.g. on the fridge). When you go out, you could have them written on a card to put in the child’s bag or pocket so that they can show an adult who they approach for help.

Prepare your child for emergencies. Role play situations with them so that they know what to do and who they can ask for help.

Does your child know how to get out of the house in an emergency?