Kids egg-static as chicks born in college nursery
Children at the College’s Learning Exchange nursery watched in wonder as eight baby chicks made their entrance into the world.
Staff at the Roscoe Street nursery came up with the hatching eggs idea to help the children learn about the world in which they live.
The toddlers, all aged between two and four, witnessed the first signs of life after the incubated eggs arrived just days before they hatched. The children were encouraged to care for the chicks to gain a better understanding of how new life begins.
Nursery manager, Debbie Craig, said: “The children have gained so much from seeing new life first hand and all the wonder that brings. This project has made learning fun and encouraged the children to have empathy and care for others. This has completely engaged the children, staff and parents and been an amazing learning experience for us all!”
Early years’ curriculum for 2-4 year olds covers communication, language and understanding of the world around them. It also looks at life, nature and the growth and development of the animal lifecycle.
The chicks will leave the nursery shortly and be rehomed on farms in the surrounding area.
The nursery has plans to build a bug hotel with the help of staff and students from the College’s Vauxhall Road centre. The bug hotel is a fun project that aims to help children become more confident around insects, especially those who may have developed phobias for these very small creatures.