Kids Go Wild With Jungle Creatures
19th July 2012
Activities like this are a great way to help develop a child’s understanding of the natural world as they can interact with what they are learning about. The visit went down very well
Visits like this from ZooLab helps gives the kids a wide range of experience and it’s the kind of things that parent’s won’t always have access to.
Youngsters from The Old Station Nursery have been given a lesson in the Olympics and the animal kingdom as part of their learning about the natural world.
The children at the Marina setting in Lincoln looked at what kind of competition a rat might give other animals when it comes to swimming and climbing, how a giant African land snail might be good at weight lifting by carrying his house on his back and how a snake might be a gymnast thanks to its flexible and strong body.
The children were given the chance to touch and hold the animals during the visit by ranger Claire Eaton from ZooLab UK as well as encouraged to do physical activity such as running on the spot and bending down to touch their toes. The activity was brought into the nursery on Wednesday 18th July as a way to encourage children to learn about animals, as well as drum up excitement for the 2012 Games, which are just over a week away from opening.
Nursery Manager Sam Waite, who is also Quality and Compliance Manager for The Old Station Nursery, said: “ZooLab talked to the children about each creature’s physical ability and compared them to the athletes in the Olympics.
“Activities like this are a great way to help develop a child’s understanding of the natural world as they can interact with what they are learning about. The visit went down very well.”
Animals included Beany the rat and Patrick the snake as well as a Horsfields tortoise and a tarantula.
Mum Sarah Edwards said it was the kind of activity she is happy to see her son Caden Ross, four, take part in. “The Old Station Nursery is always offering different kinds of things for the children to do. Visits like this from ZooLab helps gives the kids a wide range of experience and it’s the kind of things that parent’s won’t always have access to. It makes learning makes real and fund for the children. Caden has certainly enjoyed it.”
Notes to editors:
- Managing Director of The Old Station Nursery Sarah Steel set up the first nursery in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, in 2002 when she left the army and was unable to find suitable childcare for her two children. There are now 13 settings.
- The company won the Business Development category of the Nursery World Awards in November 2008 and was shortlisted for the Nursery Chain of the Year award.
- Visit www.theoldstationnursery.co.uk for more on the company.
- ZooLab UK is a national company with ‘rangers’ working across all counties. The ZooLab family of animals is cared for by the rangers in their own homes where their welfare is paramount. The animals are chosen specifically by the firm for their ease and comfort of working with humans over extended periods of time.
- Visit http://www.zoolabuk.com/ to find out more about the animal visits.