All creatures great and small at day nursery

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CHILDREN became vets for the day and met animals during a special pet day at a Bury St Edmunds nursery.

Thirty children at Springfield Day Nursery, in Springfield Road, enjoyed a fun animal day on Friday, learning all about how to look after their pets.

A veterinary nurse from Moreton Hall vets came in to speak to the children about how to care for animals, and also brought in Emma the dog and two guinea pigs for them to meet.

Sarah Orford, nursery owner, also brought in a duck.

Mrs Orford said: “We were trying to teach the children how to look after animals and how to care for them.”

The youngsters brought in photographs of them with their own pets and created a wall display. They also got the chance to dress up in vets clothes.

The nursery encourages the children to interact with animals and has eight hens on site.

“We buy in fertilised eggs and the children watch them hatch. When the hens start laying eggs, each day a child gets to take an egg home,” explained Mrs Orford.

The nursery, which cares for 60 children, also focuses on spending time in the garden growing plants and looking at insects.

For more information on Springfield Day Nursery, call 01284 753902 or go to