We were very excited to have Henny Penny Hatching in our centre. Henny Penny brought along 3 chicks and 12 fertile eggs in an incubator.
The aim of this program was to provide a thrilling educational experience for all, bringing the joy of watching eggs hatching, and chicks emerging from their shells. By children observing this program, it opened up the possibilities to have many open-ended discussions about the process. At the end of the program 15 chickens were adopted by two families.
Having animals at the centre gives children the opportunity to observe,interact and learn about them. It can be a valuable part of a child’s education and care experience, enriching their learning about nature, ecology and relationships. Encouraging direct contact and developing bonds with animals,can help children build empathy.
(Thompson and Gullone, 2003, p.175).
Providing children with access to animals in an education and care service can help them learn about the life cycle and relationships and improve communication.
Keeping Pets and Animas IN Educational and Care Services, ACECQA, February 2018