Early Years

Here at Twycross Zoo we believe that our connection with nature should be explored from an early age and that engaging with animals can be a powerful experience for young children. This is why we have carefully developed pre-school sessions based on the early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework, providing a solid foundation and equal learning opportunities for all. The sessions concentrate on a hands on approach, using observational skills which involve all senses. These sessions allow children to experience the world of animals in a safe and fun environment. All sessions involve a chance to meet animal(s), increasing the learning potential and enabling children to engage in new experiences.

A World of Colour

A fun introduction to the ways animals use colour and camouflage in the wild. Through interactive activities the children will learn about how animals can hide or warn using their colours.

Animal Differences

A session to introduce early years to the difference between insects, mammals and reptiles and how these differ from themselves.

Monkey Puzzle

A session using literacy and movements to introduce early years to a wide range of animals found in the rainforest. The children will also gain a basic understanding of how animals grow.

Dear Zoo

A literacy based session to introduce children to the different needs of animals. A range of activities allows the children to explore what animals make a good pets and why.

Our EYFS sessions can accommodate up to 20 children at a time. These sessions are suitable for infants between the age of 3 and 5.
For more information or to book, call us on 01827 883140 or email bookings@twycrosszoo.org

What some of our visiting teachers have said about our workshops:

  • “All the children were focussed and engaged for the whole session”
  • “The teaching staff today were excellent, very enthusiastic!”
  • “Session was very interactive and relevant to their unit at school”
  • “Very well planned, an excellent addition to our trip”
  • “A must for any teacher wanting their zoo trip to have a real education focus”
Opening Times: 10am - 6pm