Children are fascinated with the world of ‘doctors and nurses’, a favourite role-play subject for most youngsters. They also have a natural curiosity about their own bodies, particularly if they have hurt themselves.
There is the ‘fear’ side of being poorly or getting hurt. Young children struggle to understand ‘why’ they are hurting, or that some things are there to make them ‘better’, such as injections and medicine.
Nurse Diddy alleviates these fears, encouraging good healthy living, helping children to understand more about how their bodies work, that there are ways to get better and, essentially, to make the world of health exciting and fun.
The character of Nurse Diddy is deliberately small, not much bigger than a child – this encourages children to relate to her even though she is a grown up – she is someone to be trusted and to make them feel safe.