ABC’s Play School this week tackled the subject of Death for the first time in its 53 year history.
In an episode talking about the beginnings and endings of life presenter Emma Palmer introduced young viewers to a friend’s newborn baby, Clara, and announced her own pregnancy.
Alex Papps raised the more sombre subject of Death, via Little Ted whose pet goldfish Swish had died.
There were tears, tissues, cuddles, laughter with memories.
Papps also shared memories of his own grandmother as he pasted photos into a special scrapbook.
“My ‘Gram’ isn’t alive anymore,” he said. “She was very very old, and a few years ago she died, which mans she isn’t here anymore, which is very sad for all my family and for me. Sometimes when we feel sad, we talk about our memories of ‘Gram.’ And that’s why I made this scrapbook.”
Writer Emma Palmer told News Breakfast she sought expert advice from the National Centre for Childhood Grief on how to approach the topic for the show’s pre-school viewers.
“We so often don’t talk about these issues until they become an issue for our family,” she said.
“It’s really hard to tackle that tough stuff when you’re actually experiencing some kind of trauma, grief or loss.”