We are pleased to share with you some very exciting news: we will be getting a class pet for the Cats room at the nursery. This will either be a fish, a snail or a wormery and the children will be able to vote for the one they prefer.
Having a pet can benefit children in the early years greatly (while also linking to different areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage) as they learn about the needs of others, practice responsibility and turn taking in feeding it and making sure it is safe and learn about the world around them. It can also fuel the children’s curiosity and spark interesting conversations about different scientific concepts.
Over the next few weeks we will be introducing the idea to the children by planning several different activities around the subject, such as turning the role play area into a veterinary surgery, introducing the children to some of the staff’s pets and exploring how different animals live.
We would like to involve the children in this as much as possible, so we would like to ask you to email us some pictures of the your family’s pets so we can display them and share them with the rest of the nursery class. At the end of all of this activity we will be taking a vote, which is a fantastic democratic concept, to introduce to nursery-aged children.