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 gentle introduction to the ways animals use colours and camouflage in the wild through unique and interactive animal based arts and craft activities.

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.

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”