EYFS: 3.64

At Lemongrove Nursery we recognise that pets can help meet the emotional needs of children and adults. Caring for pets also gives children the opportunity to learn how to be gentle and responsible for others and supports their learning and development.

Nursery pets:

We have a fish tank with tropical fish and snails, these are cared for my Peter Bradbury and Kelly Broad.

In the future, should we decide to have other pets the nursery will follow the procedures outlined below

  • Permission slips are obtained from parents to seek written permission for their child to be involved in caring for the animal at nursery
  • A full documented risk assessment is completed, including considerations for children with any allergies
  • All pets are homed appropriately and securely
  • Only staff have responsibility for cleaning out the animals (where applicable). Protective equipment such as gloves and aprons are used
  • We ensure all pets have had all their relevant vaccinations, are registered with the vet and are child-friendly
  • Pets are not allowed near food, dishes, worktops or food preparation areas. Children will wash their hands with soap and water after handling animals and will be encouraged not to place their hands in their mouths while pets are being handled. The staff will explain the importance of this to the children
  • Children will be encouraged to leave their comforters and dummies away from the animals to ensure cross-contamination is limited.

Pets from home:

  • If a child brings a pet from home to visit the nursery as a planned activity, parents of all the children attending that session will be informed in advance. We obtain written permission from parents to ensure no child has an allergy or phobia.
  • We complete a full, documented risk assessment prior to the pet visiting and analyse any risks before this type of activity is authorised.
  • Pets will not be allowed near food, dishes, worktops or food preparation areas. Children will wash their hands with soap and water after handling animals and will be encouraged not to place their hands in their mouths during the activity. The staff will explain the importance of this to the children
  • Children will be encouraged to leave their comforters and dummies away from the animals to ensure cross-contamination is limited.
  • Every care will be taken to ensure the animal is kept in a calm and stress-free environment. Staff will use their initiative to change group size or length of time the pet and children have close contact.

Visits to farms:

Occasionally we may visit Christmas Tree Farm, Downe

  • A site visit must be made by a senior member of staff before an outing to a farm can be arranged. We check that the farm is well-managed, that the grounds and public areas are as clean as possible and that suitable first aid arrangements are made. Animals should be prohibited from any outdoor picnic areas
  • We will adhere to the rules of the farm
  • We check that the farm has suitable washing facilities, appropriately signposted, with running water, soap and disposable towels or hot air hand dryers. Any portable water taps should be appropriately designed in a suitable area
  • We will ensure that there is an adequate number of adults to supervise the children, considering the age and stage of development of the children. Parents will be welcome to join us on large outings and will be paired with a member of staff.
  • We will explain to the children that they will not be allowed to eat or drink anything, including crisps and sweets, or place their hands in their mouths, while touring the farm because of the risk of infection and explain why
  • We will ensure suitable precautions are in place where appropriate e.g. in restricted areas such as near slurry pits or where animals are isolated.

During the visit

  • If children are in contact with, or feeding animals, we will warn them not to place their faces against the animals or put their hands in their own mouths afterwards, and explain why
  • We will encourage children to leave comforters (e.g. soft toys and blankets) and dummies either at nursery, in the transport used or in a bag carried by a member of staff to ensure cross-contamination is limited
  • After contact with animals and particularly before eating and drinking, we will ensure all children, staff and volunteers wash and dry their hands thoroughly.
  • Hand washing will be supervised. We will always explain why the children need to do this
  • Meals, breaks or snacks will be taken well away from the areas where animals are kept and children will be warned not to eat anything which has fallen on the ground. Any crops produced on the farm will be thoroughly washed in portable water before consumption
  • We will ensure children do not consume unpasteurised produce, e.g. milk or cheese
  • Manure or slurry presents a particular risk of infection and children will be warned against touching it. If they do touch it, we will ensure that they thoroughly wash and dry their hands immediately
  • We will ensure all children, staff and volunteers wash their hands thoroughly before departure
  • We will ensure footwear and clothing is as free as possible from faecal materials.
This policy was adopted onSigned on behalf of the nurseryDate for review
28th August 2019
01/07/20