Izzy and Ollie – Child Safety & Education

I’ve been really excited about writing this post and collaborating with Joanne at Izzy and Ollie to spread the message about child safety.

I became friends with Jo about 4 years ago when our children started school together and we realised that we lived in the same road. She has an amazing story that I wanted to share with you all as she is truly an inspirational woman.

Jo is an ex police officer and has severe allergies to peanuts, almonds and latex. Now I’m not talking about allergies that might make her a bit sick or itchy, I mean full blown anaphylactic shock and urgent hospital treatment is needed. Whilst allergies to nuts is ever increasing the latex allergy is quite rare, I’ve been shocked at the level of products all around us that contains latex, to give you an example;

  • balloons
  • rubber washing up gloves
  • latex gloves for food preparation in restaurants
  • latex in hospitals
  • car tyres
  • elastic bands… and the list goes on.

In July 2009 Jo suffered an anaphylactic shock at home whilst she was alone with her 2 young children, Izzy was 2 ½ and Ollie was 1. Jo felt her airway start to close and knew she needed an ambulance straight away. Izzy managed to dial 999 and tell the operator where she lived, saving her mummies life. See below for the 999 call Izzy made

Click here to view the 999 call

Now Jo isn’t the type of woman to hide herself away and struggle with this, she has started the Izzy and Ollie Child Safety Education Project. Jo felt that it would be wonderful for all children to be educated about emergency situations and the first book Izzy and Ollie Adventure in an Ambulance was born. Simple things like teaching your child to dial 999 and learn their name and address can save a life. A child doesn’t have to be a genius to be able to learn these skills and they can be taught through role play and repetition. (01202 558833) Picture: Alex Newstead one of Jo Keeling's books A toddler who saved her mum's life by dialling 999 when she collapsed has inspired her to write a series of books that teach children what to do in an emergency. Little Isabelle Keeling was just two-years-old when she called for an ambulance after mum Jo (37), suffered a life-threatening anaphylactic shock at their home in bournemouth, Dorset. Isabelle was able to recite her name, phone number, and address perfectly and even opened the door for paramedics when they arrived to treat her mum. Jo has now written six fun books for children based around two fictional characters, Izzy and Ollie, that are placed in emergency situations.

What I like so much about the book is how engaging it is, my boys love reading this over and over again. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is easy for children to follow and understand. By reading this with your children you are going to be teaching them some important skills in a fun way without them even realising they are learning.

Jo has followed this up with her second book in the series Izzy and Ollie Click Click Buckle Up Quick which was released this month. This book teaches children the importance of putting on their seatbelts and keeping them on. I know my youngest thought it was hilarious to try and take his arms out of the five point harness despite it being tightened to within an inch of cutting off his blood supply! This is a great book to read with younger and older children alike to make them realise why it’s so important to keep their seatbelts on.


Both books are available to purchase from the Izzy and Ollie website or from Amazon and they would make a great present and addition to anyone’s little bookcase.

Izzy and Ollie Adventure in an Ambulance

Izzy and Ollie Click Click Buckle up Quick

Please help Jo share the message about child safety as teaching our children these basic skills could mean that one day it’s your life they end up saving.

For me this came in handy at the end of November 2015. I was at home alone with Ben who is 7 when I had a funny turn. I was 32 weeks pregnant and haven’t been having the easiest time. Ben stayed calm and was able to stay with me talking to me to make sure I was OK. He then called his daddy and stayed with me until a grown up could arrive at the house to see how bad I was. My dad turned up and they did have to call an ambulance as my heartbeat was irregular. Throughout all of this Ben stayed really calm, he didn’t cry or panic but did an amazing job of looking after me. I’m so proud of him and I think because we’ve read these books and talked about this kind of situation before it really helped us.

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  • Reply A Moment with Franca

    Wow I can’t believe how a 2 1/2 year old managed to dial 999 and gave the address!! It is really incredibly!! What a story to tell! The idea of books teaching kids about safety sounds fantastic. It is a very important subject and it made me thinking that I should start teaching my daughter all our details too. Thanks for sharing this. It was very interesting. 🙂

    December 2, 2015 at 9:44 am
    • Reply Lisa

      It really is amazing what kids can do. I think every parent should teach this to children whether they have a medical condition or not.

      December 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Karl Borowy

    fantastic idea

    November 28, 2015 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply acornishmum

    What a clever little girl, I’m so glad everything was okay! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    November 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Rebecca M Phillips

    oh wow, that is amazing!! fantastic idea too

    November 25, 2015 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply Something Crunchy Mummy

    These books sound great and what a fantastic idea! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    November 25, 2015 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply helen gandy

    Wow what a clever girl Izzy is, I have been trying to talk to Alfie about what to do in an emergency but I’m not sure how much he takes in. I think the books are a fab idea, I have entered the comp! Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst lovely! xx

    November 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply anothermuminlondon

    What an amazing girl Izzy is! These books are such a fantastic idea. I hope your friend continues to have success with this series, it sounds absolutely wonderful.
    Vix x

    November 25, 2015 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Mama

    What an amazing story and even cooler that it encouraged her to make books. Fab!
    Thanks for linking up to #fartglitter x

    November 25, 2015 at 2:01 am
  • Reply Bear and Cardigan

    Love the idea of these books. I just published a post on toddler safety today! What a coincidence lol.

    November 24, 2015 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Emma @sophieellaandme

    What a brilliant idea. It’s so important to make children aware of important things like this and being able to educate them through these books is amazing and could save lives xx

    November 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply fritha

    books are such a brilliant way to introduce new concepts to kids aren’t they? x

    November 23, 2015 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Jodie

    What a lovely book set. Greatly illustrated too!

    November 23, 2015 at 7:19 am
  • Reply Oana

    Very useful books, hope they make it into the hands of all the families who deal with severe allergies on a daily and need to explain them to children in a way they understand them.xx

    November 22, 2015 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Great idea, always looking for ways to introduce important topics like this x #justanotherlinky

    November 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Emma Garratt

    I think it’s so important to make children aware of what to do in an emergency situation as you really don’t know when it will be needed. The books sound great xx

    November 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply My Little Babog Blog

    Brilliant idea! Any thing to make it easier to educate children a life skill, love it!

    November 21, 2015 at 10:07 am
  • Reply beautwins

    Great subject and one that is very important to discuss. I love the way it’s been captured in this book. Great idea and I hope you get the awareness you need. X

    November 21, 2015 at 7:52 am
    • Reply Lisa

      Thank you it can make all the difference just to teach kids basic skills like this. X

      November 21, 2015 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Silly Mummy

    These are such a god idea! & my eldest is a nightmare for taking arms out of harness too! #PicknMix

    November 21, 2015 at 12:23 am
    • Reply Lisa

      I can tell you the number of times I pulled the car over to strap him in again. Changed the car seat to a britax evolva 123 and he never did it again.

      November 21, 2015 at 8:12 am
  • Reply bubbablue

    These sound like sensible books. I need to teach N his address – it’s a bit hard because without learning the postcode, or the name of the farm, the house would never be found in an emergency.

    November 20, 2015 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply Charlotte Valentine

    I’ve entered 🙂 blows my mind that Izzy was Elsa’s age when this happened & she did that xx

    November 20, 2015 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply steph_baybee

    Such a great idea for a book for kids, I love how it teaches them things but keeping it relaxed and fun too. Great idea!

    November 20, 2015 at 9:02 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Steph I agree teaching little ones through play is the best way x

      November 21, 2015 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Hannah - Budding Smiles

    Absolutely fantastic idea, so great that your friend turned what must have been a terrifying situation into something so positive xx

    November 20, 2015 at 8:32 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Hannah she really is a great person. Always looks for the positives in every situation. Especially if you read her full story about what’s happened since xx

      November 21, 2015 at 8:14 am
  • Reply TheLondonMum

    It sounds silly, but I never thought about what would happen in an emergency, and this highlights just how important it is to give your child the knowledge on what to do in a serious situation. x

    November 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      It’s good just to teach them through role play. You don’t have to have a medical condition. Even if I fell down the stairs. It’s good to know they could call for help.

      November 21, 2015 at 8:13 am
  • Reply confessionsofanaggingmother

    They look like fab books, it is nice to have something that helps children learn in a positive way and is related to real life 🙂

    Gemma xxx

    November 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Gemma they are great books and it’s such a positive message to be giving children 🙂

      November 20, 2015 at 1:38 pm

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