Sensory & Care Homes 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
  • Qualified Zoologist with 5 years experience as a support worker for children and adults with various physical disabilities and learning difficulties.
  • If you would like to book us as a treat for the entire school or club group please go to Fun Days page and book our petting zoo
  • We also have a range of extras including animal handler certificates and animal crafts to add on to your booking
  • £10 Million public liability insurance, DSB checked, sign written vehicle and full Risk Assessment.  All animals are safely enclosed and even better we are a no mess petting zoo! Why visit the zoo when we can come to you!!

Frequently Asked Questions

What experience do you have working with people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties?

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.

What areas do you cover?

We are based in Ipswich, Suffolk and will travel up to approximately 1h 15mins from our base depending on the package you have chosen.

Please email us with your enquiry via our Make a Booking page to see if we cover your area

How does a Sensory Session work?
We bring a variety of exotic animals of your choice to you school, care home or club.

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. 

Can I choose the animals?

Yes, your animal choices will be requested when we send your last email 1 week prior to your event date

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 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.

Can we have it outside?

We can only do outdoor encounters between May-Sep providing the temperature is between 18-25 degrees ONLY. We will also need a suitable shaded area or gazebo and you must be able to provide an indoor area should the weather not be suitable on the day.

Is there and age limit and how many people do you recommend per group?

We dont have an age limit however children under 4 will not be aloud 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. 

How do I book and do you require a deposit?

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.

 

Recent Clients

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.

  • Prices
  • £130 1st Hour

    £80 Per Extra Hour

    Charities 10% Off (Charity number Required)

  • Length of each session choices:

    30 minutes – 4 animals

    45 minutes – 6 animals

    1 hour – 8 animals

    1 hour 15 mins – 10 animals

    1 hour 30 mins – 12 animals

  • For Approx. 15 people per group discussed upon booking
  • Everyone is able to touch, stroke and feed the animals
  • Hand gel provided