Animals part of the program at daycare
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.freoearlylearningcentre.com.au for more information.
Children at the Fremantle Early Learning Centre enjoy the Animal Friends Project.