WHEN Callum Payten’s mum Katie collapsed at home he knew exactly what to do.
The five-year-old had been taught at pre-school how to call 999 and he kept calm and did just that.
I’m so proud of Callum for staying calm and knowing what to doMum Katie Lloyd
Katie Lloyd, 27, said she is proud of her son, who not only called the emergency services, asked for an ambulance and gave his address, but also explained what had happened to his two-year-old sister Scarlett.
And Katie has praised the nursery young Callum attended – Cowplain Day Nursery – which taught him how to dial 999.
Katie said: ‘I was at home with the kids and had been feeling a little unwell. I don’t remember much because I felt faint and collapsed.
‘The next thing I knew paramedics were at my house and were treating me.
‘It turns out it was due to tonsillitis so nothing too serious, but I’m so proud of Callum for staying calm and knowing what to do.’
Scas said it was called at 1.08pm on August 20, to Amethyst Grove, Waterlooville.
Mark Ainsworth, operations director, said: ‘We think what Callum did for his mum was incredible.
‘He had the bravery and maturity to be able to call 999, recognising that his mum needed help, and was able to confirm his address and describe what was happening to his mum so that we could send the right response to help.’
To show appreciation of Callum’s cool manner and quick-thinking, Scas presented the youngster with a certificate at Padnell Infants School, which he joined in September.
Katie has praised the nursery for teaching children how to correctly call 999. She added: ‘I’m grateful for his nursery teaching him how to correctly call for help.
‘It’s such an important thing to know because parents, grandparents and friends can look after children, but if something happens to them, then it’s good for the child to know what to do.’
Sandra Mugridge, owner of the nursery, believes more places should educate children on how to call 999 correctly.
She said: ‘We have a learning room at our nursery and each week we have different themes.
‘One of them would have been how to call 999 and ask for either an ambulance, the police, or the fire service.
‘It’s done in a fun way with dressing up, but we’re repetitive so the message is drilled in.
‘I was thrilled to hear it worked and Callum remembered what to do, I think it highlights how important it is for children to know how to do this.’
Story highlights need to educate children on 999
THE ambulance trust that serves Hampshire has praised the actions of a nursery in teaching children how to correctly call 999.
Mark Ainsworth, from South Central Ambulance Service, said: ‘There are many times, particularly when children are at pre-school, that they may be at home alone with one parent so we believe educating young children to be able to copy if something happens to mum, dad, a grandparent or their carer, is important – like in this case.
‘Scas staff, along with our community first responders, regularly attend schools and nurseries across our patch to provide talks and information to pre-school and young children about how to recognise a real emergency.
‘We simplify the language so that children can hopefully understand when they might need to call 999 and when they don’t need to call 999.’