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Think about all the people that help you every day. When you go to a shop, a shop assistant can help you find what you are looking for, take your payment and put your shopping in a bag. When you need a haircut, you might visit a barber or a hairdresser. Sometimes things can go wrong, and you might need a mechanic to fix your car or a plumber to mend your pipes!

Lots of people have jobs that let them help other people. The emergency services (Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance and Coast Guard) help people who are in danger.

Teach your children about people who help us using our handy topic guide!

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Teaching Ideas

People Who Help Us Facts

  • The Ancient Egyptians, Sumerians and Babylonians all had police forces.
  • The first modern postal service was set up in Paris in the 17th century. Mail boxes were set up around the city. It was not very sucessful.
  • The first known school for nurses was established in 250 BCE in India. Only men could train there!
  • About 1.3 billion people visit public libraries every year, around the world.

Videos

People who help us song

A simple song about people who help us, to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus.

Running time: 2:33

People Who Help Us

This video shows young children playing, thinking and talking about what jobs they might do when they grow up.

Running time: 2:21

How do Firefighters put out fires?

Maddie from CBeebies ‘Do You Know?’ shows us how firefighters use hoses to put out fires!

Running time: 1:01

Community Helpers for Kids

A fun quiz for children to decide who could help them.

Running time: 4:17

Meet our people: Clare Randall – Postwoman

Clare talks about her job delivering post.

Running time: 1:04

Books

The Rescue Party

Join Percy the Park Keeper as he helps a rabbit.

Mrs Plug the Plumber

Whenever a plumber is needed in the town, people call for Mrs Plug. And wherever she goes, Mr Plug and the baby Plugs go too. One of the Ahlberg Happy Families Series.

The Jolly Postman

The Jolly Postman delivers his letters to fairy tale characters.

Real Superheroes

Who are the real superheroes that keep our world safe?

Recycling Officer

Learn about the work of a recycling officer, one of a series of books looking at the jobs of people who help us.

Lifeboat Crew Member

Have you ever wondered about the people who risk their lives to rescue people at sea? What is it like to work as a lifeboat crew member?

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