Special needs, SENCO, Care Homes, Nurseries & Pre-Schools FAQ & Prices
Animal therapy provides a social and emotional support system for children, adults and the elderly, with assumptions that because the animal seems non-judgmental, it is perceived as comforting, raises self-esteem and makes it easier for people to express themselves. Not only from scientific evidence but from experience support workers are always stunned by the calming effect our animals have on the people they support.
We bring a selection of weird and wonderful exotic animals to your school, club or care home and you even get to choose the Animals which include meerkats, skunks, snakes, lizards, bugs and tarantulas. Set up takes only 10-20 minutes depending on your package. We get the children to sit around our fake grass mat and elderly and participants with physical disabilities can sit on chairs/wheelchairs in a semi circle. Support workers, care staff and teachers are able to join in and assist participants. After a short introduction and health and safety talk the journey into the wild begins!! Each animal is introduced in a fun, educational way before they get up close and personal! interacting may include touching, stroking, holding or feeding the animals. At the end we ask everyone what their favourite animal was providing lots of shocks and surprises. Then its the very important hand washing time. Please see our packages and prices and FAQ at the bottom of the page.
- Established in 2011 we are DSB checked, have 10 million liability insurance, have a sign written vehicle and uniform for identification.
- We can do a ‘Fun Fact’ animal roadshow or we cover a range of topics including; Minibeasts, Africa, Rainforests, Habitats and Classification.
- Please allow 5-10 minutes either side of the approximate times stated. Time will vary depending on the level of interaction with the animals, the behavior of the participants and the number of people participating.
- Please have a few staff on hand to support with touching the animals. Any participants who are likely to try and squeeze the animals must be supported to touch the animals using the BACK of their hand for safety to them and the animals.
- Participants likely to put their hands near their face or mouth should have a care/support worker at all times and some baby wipes to use in between animals meet and greets.
- Please see the animals page for information on restrictions of animals regarding age and home/venue size restrictions. This is for the safety of the participlants and the animals themselves.
- Visits are strictly indoors only due to the risk of escape, exposure to the elements and the need for heating and an electricity point (plug socket).
- Please remember our animals are very heavy and for safety reasons we cannot walk far with them. Please consider a classroom/hall/living area easily accessible within a 30 second walking distance. We also have to do several trips and will need a staff member to hold doors etc.
- The welfare of our animals is paramount and are displayed in mini versions of their home enclosures/vivariums. We do not travel more than approx. 1 hour 15 minutes from postcode IP2 and all animals are safely transported in our large van which has heating/ heat mats and air conditioning. We also tie down our animals with bungee cords and our specially adapted van allows us to watch the animals at all times during transport and are separated by a large shelf from our equipment underneath. You are able to view the enclosures our animals live in at home on our animals page. Any company you book should be happy to provide this publicly.
- Fuel is an additional charge of 45p per mile from Ipswich
Frequently Asked Questions
Kimmy has 5 years experience as a support worker with children, adults and the elderly with various abilities. These include mild to severe autism, aspergers, ADHD, challenging behaviours, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, dementia and epilepsy.
Kimmy can also use basic makaton to sign and has various certificates including safeguarding and child protection.
We are based in Ipswich, Suffolk and will travel up to approximately 1 hour from our base.
Please email us with your enquiry via our Make a Booking page to see if we cover your area
Kimmy will arrive about 10-20 minutes prior to the start time to set up.
People are asked to sit on chair or in their wheelchair around a floor mat which we bring. Then the animal encounter begins!
We get each animal out one at a time, tell everyone a little bit about it and then give everyone the opportunity to stroke, touch, feed or hold the animals.
The actual amount of handling and the presentation of the animals will vary by the age, number, abilities and behaviour of the participants but generally we provide an fun encounter with a little introduction to each animal. For people with only mild learning disabilities we encourage them to ask questions.
People who are likely to grab the animals will be asked to sit in the row behind to prevent any harm to the animals. They will be able to stroke using the back of their hand with the supervision of Kimmy and a support worker/ teaching assistant if they feel it is safe to do so at the time.
The less participants per group the more touching and stroking is involved. We recommend no more than 15 people in a 1 hour session to prevent anyone becoming agitated from waiting for their turn and to ensure everyone gets to see the animals up close, stoke, hold and ask questions. Time can be split into shorter sessions sessions and smaller groups.
Please remember although people like the fluffy ones the reptiles and bugs are just as fascinating. A variety enables the the participants to overcome fears and experience a range of sensory textures.
In most cases we are able to bring your chosen animals however we will make changes if we feel any animals are not suitable for the age group, they are unable to attend due to circumstances beyond our control or due to weather conditions.
If you are focusing on a specific topic like Africa, dinosaurs or minibeasts we will bring a suitable selection to cover the session.
As we require access to electricity events are indoors only
We dont have an age limit however children under 4 will not be allowed to hold any animals but may be able to touch some under the supervision of teachers/ club leaders / support workers and with verbal or written permission of a parent or guardian.
People who are likely to grab the animals will be asked to sit in the row behind to prevent any harm to the animals. They will be able to stroke using the back of their hand with the supervision of Kimmy and a support worker/ teaching assistant.
Immuno-compromised children and adults are not aloud to touch any animals.
The less participants per group the more touching and stroking is involved. We recommend no more than 15 people in a 1 hour session to prevent anyone becoming agitated from waiting for their turn and to ensure everyone gets to see the animals up close, stoke, hold and ask questions. Time can be split into shorter sessions and smaller groups, please see the prices area above.
Please send us an email via the Make a Booking page with your enquiry with the details we have specified. We recommend you book 2 months in advance for weekend bookings and 1 month in advance for weekday bookings.
If you have passed the time limit please still contact us and we will try our best to find you a suitable time slot for your desired date.
We require a 50% deposit up to the value of £100 to secure your booking date and time within 7 days of receiving your confirmation email
Please pay via Bacs (online direct bank transfer) to our account. If this is unavailable to you we will take a cheque or cash as a deposit payment. All details for payment via Bacs and cheque are provided on the bottom of your invoice.
Your outstanding balance is due when you receive your last email from us 1 week prior to your event. Payment can be taken in the same form as above however a cheque will not be accepted unless you are an organisation. If Bacs is unavailable you must pay in cash when we arrive at the event.
We have covered various care homes, day centres and special schools in the Eastern region. Below are some of the larger organisations we have worked for.
Up to 15 people per session
30 minutes – 4 animals £100
Multiple x 2 £140 x 3 £180
45 minutes – 6 animals £130
Multiple x 2 £190 x 3 £250
60 minutes – 8 animals £160
Multiple x 2 £240 x 3 £300
- Includes a mixture of Mammals, Reptiles and Invertebrates
- Hand gel provided