PRETEND fires were extinguished by pre-school children in Swindon to teach them valuable fire safety skills.

Pupils aged 3-4 at Windmill Hill Day Nursery, on Whitehill Way, have been exploring the world of the emergency services with a number of themed activities with dress up and roleplay activities.

As well as taking part in potentially life-saving fire safety lessons, exploring fire extinguishers and identifying fire exits, they put out imaginary fires using orange paint and water spray bottles.

They also made their own fire engines from recycled materials and donned hard hats and mini flame-proof jackets to carry out fire safety checks.

Windmill Hill Day Nursery team leader Aimee Corcoran said: “The children are fascinated by the emergency services and we think it’s brilliant for them to understand their purpose and the valuable work they do to keep us safe.

"We are currently arranging a visit by fire fighters, with their fire engine, which will be great in helping children to a wider understanding of the topic.”

The day nursery has been recognised in the Top 20 Day Nursery Awards for 2018 covering the whole of the UK.