At The Clover School we are very aware that children need to learn about the natural world, its animals and other living creatures, as part of the Early Years Education. This may include contact with animals, or other living creatures, either in the school or on visits. We aim to ensure that this is in accordance with sensible hygiene and safety controls.
Animals in the setting as pets
- We take account of the views of parents and children when selecting an animal as a pet in the setting.
- We carry out a risk assessment with a knowledgeable person accounting for any hygiene or safety risks posed by the animal or creature.
- We provide suitable housing for the animal and ensure this is cleaned out regularly and is kept safely.
- We ensure the correct food is offered at the right times.
- We make arrangements for weekend and holiday care for the animal.
- We register with the local vet.
- We make sure all vaccinations and other regular health measures, such as de-worming are up-to-date and recorded.
- Children are taught correct handling and care of the animal and are supervised.
- Children wash their hands after handling the animal and do not have contact with animal soil or soiled bedding.
- Staff wear disposable gloves when cleaning housing or handling soiled bedding.
- If animals are brought in by visitors to show the children they are the responsibility of the owner.
- The owner carries out a risk assessment, detailing how the animal is to be handled and how any safety or hygiene issues will be addressed.
Visit to farms/zoo
- Before a visit to a farm/zoo a risk assessment is carried out.
- The outings procedure is followed.
- Children wash their hands after contact with animals.
- Outdoor footwear worn to visit farms are cleaned of mud.