Animals can provide children with lots of learning opportunities, eg:

  • caring for animals and being responsible for them

  • learning about how animals grow and the environment they need

  • increasing their vocabulary.

However, animals also present some health and safety issues. With this in mind we have developed this policy.

Animals in the Setting

  • Animals’ “homes” are cleaned out regularly to avoid any unpleasant smells and to prevent infection.

  • The children are allowed, under close supervision, to help feed the animals if appropriate, but the animals’ food is stored out of reach of the children.

  • The children are informed of the “rules” of caring for the animals.

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