Children at the Amy Hurd Early Learning Centre had a special visit from local celebrity Needles the Echidna on Friday when they read a picture book all about staying safe around sharps.
The council’s new book, titled Be Sharps Smart, teaches children what to do if they find needles or other sharp objects in public places.
Environmental health coordinator Sharomi Dayanand, who has been reading the book at schools and day-care centres, said children have been learning lots from Needles.
“Kids really enjoy the interactive experience – because Needles is so well known, they relate very well with him,” Ms Dayanand said.
“We want them to have a first hand experience with him being the main character, and the message has much more impact with the kids that way.”