KIDS as young as four will be given lessons on making 999 calls so they can “save lives”.
All primary school children will be taught how to give “clear and efficient” information to the emergency services.
They will also be shown how to do basic first aid in the new-look health education classes starting next September.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the lessons could mean the difference between life and death.
He told The Sun: “It’s never too early to empower children with the basic skills that could save lives.
“While many of us might have conversations with our children about how to access emergency services, it is important that we formalise these lessons in schools and give children the confidence to help others.
“It will help us create a new generation of life-savers.”
Tracey Taylor, British Red Cross first-aid expert said: “For children, an emergency is a scary situation to be faced with if they don’t know what to do.
“That’s why we are celebrating first aid being added to the curriculum.”
She added: “From Sophie from Farnborough, who was just six when she called 999 and saved her mum, to 14-year-old Thomas from Herne Bay who performed chest compressions on a stranger at a bus stop.
“We are equipping young people with skills and confidence to act, and helping to create a future generation of life-savers.”
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The Sun told last month how four-year-old Micah Adjarkoh saved the life of his mum Chancelvie Ngoy, 24, after she blacked out.
He remembered her mobile phone pin number from playing games and also what she’d told him about calling 999.
And he opened the door of their flat in Camberwell, South London, to let paramedics in.
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