Kids Health coordinated a pilot burns and scalds prevention project with Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services in the Blacktown LGA for children under the age of five with a specific focus on the kitchen. The final report (May 2016) on this project is available in the downloads section below.
In 2018, Kids Health coordinated a second pilot of the Learn to Stop Burns and Scalds in the Kitchen project with ECEC services in the Cumberland LGA and Central Coast LGA. There is potential for expansion of the project across NSW after evaluation of this pilot is completed.
The Learn to Stop Burns! Program involves an interactive burns prevention game aimed at primary school-aged children. It has been produced by Kids Health in collaboration with the Burns Unit at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Kidsafe NSW and the NSW Severe Burn Injury Service.
The game allows entry to a virtual home where each room can be navigated to search for the potential burn dangers in everyday life. When the user clicks on the animations in the bathroom, kitchen, lounge room and backyard, they are given information on how to prevent this burn from happening. There is a quiz at the end to test the user's knowledge! This game can be completed by children themselves or as a class facilitated by their teacher.
A teaching resource was developed to complement the Learn to Stop Burns! program, containing suggested teaching and learning activities. The activities allow students to work towards achieving the Stage Two and Stage Three outcomes in the Safe Living category of the K-6 Syllabus Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).
In 2008, Kids Health piloted the program with 89 students in NSW (aged between 8-12 years) and found an 18% increase in burns prevention knowledge. Teachers reported that it was "a great unit" and the "interactive nature of the program was excellent. Plenty of suggested support resources for teachers which provided background knowledge before teaching." This pilot was kindly funded by the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce (GMCT).
The Learn to Stop Burns! Teachers Resource is available in the downloads section below.