An­i­mals part of the pro­gram at day­care

Cockburn Gazette - - STREETWATC­H -

A LO­CAL child­care cen­tre has cap­i­talised on chil­dren’s love of an­i­mals by de­vel­op­ing a unique pro­gram for them.

The Fre­man­tle Early Learn­ing Cen­tre’s large na­ture play gar­den con­tains a pur­pose­built en­clo­sure, per­fect for giv­ing chil­dren up to the age of six the chance to feed, nur­ture and even­tu­ally re-home res­cued and un­wanted an­i­mals as part of their An­i­mal Friends Project.

FELC co-chair Danielle Loizou Lake said the project had been run­ning for four months and the chil­dren were al­ways ex­cited to check on the an­i­mals ev­ery morn­ing.

“We had two or­phaned lambs that went to day­care with my chil­dren and the day­care chil­dren took turns bot­tle­feed­ing them,” she said about the project’s be­gin­ning.

“It was a huge hit but the lambs got big and had to go off to a farm, so that’s when we de­cided to keep some­thing go­ing and the An­i­mal Friends Pro- ject was born.

“We look af­ter a hand­ful of res­cue and sur­ren­dered an­i­mals, the an­i­mals get a new home and the chil­dren help care for them.

“As you can imag­ine, they love it and the pro­gram gives so many chil­dren a com­pelling rea­son to go to day­care and in­ter­act with their an­i­mal friends.”

The cen­tre will be hav­ing an open day on May 1 from 9am to noon.

Visit www.fre­oear­lylearn­ing­cen­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Chil­dren at the Fre­man­tle Early Learn­ing Cen­tre en­joy the An­i­mal Friends Project.

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