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To commemorate World Cat Day, Hertfordshire-based nursery group Boys & Girls Nursery Ltd arranged for the RSPCA to send a volunteer to spend time with pre-school children, not just talking about cats but also teaching them the importance of caring properly for animals.
RSPCA’s representative Jean Gardner made every effort to make the session interactive. Lots of exciting activities kept the children entertained and they certainly came away not only smiling but with a much greater knowledge and understanding of how to look after animals.
After talking generally about pets and asking the children to describe the pets they have at home, Ms Gardner ran an activity where animal cuddly toys were used to represent various types of pet and the children had to match the animal with the type of food they eat. Finally she spoke about the importance of keeping animals safe and how to look after them properly.
“It was lovely to work with the children and so valuable to start teaching them how to care for animals properly from an early age,” said Ms Gardner, who volunteers for the RSPCA’s Middlesex North West Branch.
Natasha Kirby, the founder of Boys & Girls Nursery said: “We are really grateful to Jean for spending time with us. Learning about animals is exceptionally important and forms part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Not only did our children learn how to keep pets healthy and happy but they also had lots of fun. We very much hope to work with the RSPCA again in the future.”
World Cat Day, also known as International Cat Day, is celebrated throughout the world in August each year. It was founded in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and other animal rights groups.