Victorian Curriculum Links

'Is This An Emergency? Ambulance' is a hardback children's picture book that directly links to the Victorian Curriculum at Foundation Level, Level 1 and Level 2 for Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active

Titled ‘Is This An Emergency? Ambulance’, this book works to educate primary school aged children as to when and how to call for an ambulance in an emergency. With a background in paramedics and emergency first response, I, Amelia Harrison, have ensured that although child-friendly and light hearted, the chief objectives of the book are to: 
  • Equip children with the knowledge and understanding of the 000 service to give children the capacity to saves lives.
  • Halt the wasting of resources by children prank calling 000 through the differentiation between an emergency and non-emergency scenarios.
  • Provide a child friendly platform for the discussion of emergencies and emergency services between children and their parents or teachers. 
  • Demonstrate to children what adults are appropriate to ask for help.
The Victorian Curriculum content description and elaborations for each Level are listed below - all aspects are in line with the book however the ones outlined in orange directly apply.
Health and Physical Education / Foundation Level / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active
Content description:
Identify people and actions that help keep themselves safe and healthy. 
  • Identifying characters in different texts who help the main character to stay safe and healthy
  • Identifying protective behaviours that can help keep them save
  • Identify different relationships they have with people and which of these relationships make them feel loved, safe and supported
  • Naming trusted people in their community who can help them stay safe and healthy and practicing ways of asking for help in a range of different scenarios
LEVEL 1 & 2 (YEAR 1 & 2):
Health and Physical Education / Levels 1 and 2 / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active 
Content description:
Practise strategies they can use when they need help with a task, problem or situation at home and/or at school. 
  • Identifying and rehearsing strategies they can use when requiring assistance, such as asking an adult, reading basic signs and solving a problem with friends
  • Locating and recording phone numbers of local organisations they can contact in case of emergency and rehearsing a phone call to triple zero
  • Identifying situations at home and at school that may require the help of emergency services
  • Recognising photos and locations of safe places and people who can help
We at Toby the Teddy are working on producing a range of assessment tasks that also fit within the scope of the curriculum outlined above. Please be in touch via email at for further information.
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At Toby the Teddy, we are immensely passionate about this project and truly believe this book has the capacity to save lives and very much look forward to sharing it with you and your students by way of its inclusion into your program.
For more information, reviews, endorsements or the like, please be in touch.
Amelia Harrison
+61 400 211 417

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