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Caring for a pet/ orphan lamb

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Why bring a lamb into your service?

Some lambs are sadly orphaned at birth or there may be another reason why a farmer may decide the lamb would be better off to be hand-reared (such as in the case of multiple births and the mum having only one teat).   

Your service could offer to help to hand-rear the lamb.

A lamb gives children a new responsibility.

A lamb is a new playmate and a friend that will love them unconditionally.

A lamb is gentle. It delights in playing but also at times needs to stop and drink or sit down and rest.

This is a pet that is dependent on care for survival and that will teach children to nurture. 

Introducing a pet lamb to your early childhood service is an excellent way to naturally support children to spend more time outdoors running, jumping and skipping and enjoying the spring weather. 

Below we cover aspects of

  • How to get a lamb
  • Agreements with the farmer and with your children for fostering the lamb
  • Preparing for the lamb and what you need
  • Day to day care and feeding 
  • Hygiene
  • Training
  • Regulations and requirements

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