Encouraging children to take an interest in animals can have a positive effect on them and can be used to improve human and animal welfare.
School pets may:
- motivate children to think and to learn, as they have a high level of natural interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment of animals
- encourage a respect and reverence for life in children and thereby improve their relationships with their peers, parents and teachers
- foster a sense of responsibility in children
- teach children to nurture and respect life
- improve academic achievement
At Lime Tree Primary School we aim to promote good practise in animal care. Children are taught correct procedures in handling and caring for animals under the direct supervision of adults; they are encouraged to take a shared responsibility for the care of the animals, under direct supervision. Children are taught how to interact gently with our school pets. Pets and other animals in school can enhance the learning environment. Sensible measures are taken to reduce the risk of infection to the children and to staff.
For more information about our school pets please read the Pets Policy.