"Children love going for walks, spotting and counting horses, sheep and chickens, and collecting natural objects for a table displays. Staff provide enriching opportunities for children to learn about the natural world as they care for the guinea pigs, learning to handle them carefully and gently."
- Osfted, January 2013, (Click here to read the full report).
The children at Fidgets are able to learn about and care for a number of different animals. We have guinea pigs and chickens, and in the past have kept ducks, african land snails, butterflies, fish, the odd tadpole and a goose!
The skills associated with looking after animals are important for a child's development. Interaction with animals build children's confidence in handling and caring for them, as well as developing social and emotional skills. The children are given the opportunity to get close to animals they may not get to experience outside of Fidgets.
Developing an understanding of life cycles is another important aspect to having animals. We have hatched our own chicks and raised ducklings so that the children get to experience this first hand.