At Truly Scrumptious Nurseries we recognise that the provision of pets/animals provides a wealth of learning opportunities, we understand that children learn about the natural world, its animals and other living creatures as part of the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS). It also enables children the chance to learn how to care for living things, what they need to live and thrive.
We have 2 nursery pets at our Romford setting, 2 therapy rabbits called Leroy and Shteve. Occasionally, Barney and Maggie, our managing director’s family boxer dogs may visit the children.
The 2 rabbits have a large 6ftx9ft Avery that is appropriately covered / insulated depending on the weather. This is a walking home for both bunnies. This allows the children to go in and interact with them as well as them having enough space to have a happy and healthy life at Truly.
All parents are notified of the animals at the nursery upon the show around. Any children who have confirmed allergies are taken into consideration.
On the days that the children with allergies attend the nursery, the animals will be kept away from certain areas of the nursery.
Risk assessments are carried out when pets visit the nursery to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to prevent accident, injury or the spread of infection, including hand washing using sterilising gel and the avoidance of children putting hands and fingers in their mouths.
There is a hand washing station located just outside of the Avery.
Health & Hygiene
Staff are fully aware of the importance of health and hygiene procedures when children are in contact with the animals.
Staff will guide and monitor the children do not put their hands near the animals faces. When they have been in contact with the pets the children are encouraged to wash their hands with antibacterial soap before continuing with normal daily routines to prevent the spread of germs.
Children are never left unsupervised with the animals.
EYFs key themes and commitments
|A unique child||Positive relationships||Enabling environments||Learning & Development|
|1.4 health & well-being||2.3 supporting learning||3.3 the learning environment||
4.1 play and exploration
4.4 knowledge and understanding of the world
Policy written by nursery manager, Brittany V – Manager – 09/10/2019