Truly Scrumptious Early Years Nurseries

Animals In The Nursery policy

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 out Romford setting, 2 therapy rabbits called Leroy and Shteve. Occasionally, Barney and Maggie, our managing directors family boxer dogs may visit the children.

The 2 rabbits have a large hutch and an 6ftx9ft avery we have converted into a walk in home for both the bunnies.

When Barney was a young puppy, Patricia (Owner & Manager) would bring him in and he would stay in the office asleep in his crate.

Risk Assessment

All parents were notified of the animals arriving at the nursery. Any children who have confirmed allergies are taken into consideration. On the days that the children with allergies are in attendance at 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.

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 that children do not put their hands near the animals faces when they have been in contact with peers or pet foods until they have washed their hands thoroughly washed their hands with antibacterial soap.

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, Hayley Binion

April 2019