Micro Pigs for Schools, Nurseries & Childminder Facilities In London
We offer a unique opportunity for children to experience a close encounter with our friendly and trained mini pigs. Many city children grow up never visiting a farm or seeing a farm animal. Therefore, close interactions with animals can bring enormous benefits to children and can nurture kindness and respect for all creatures, great and small. Nurturing that respect towards farm animals can also inspire them as adults to make more informed food choices in addition to the realisation that farm animals are not just bred for food but can also become great pets.
In addition, our fun and educational visits are a valuable Enrichment Opportunity to a school’s Cornerstones Curriculum across Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 as well as complement the science subject of the Curriculum. Our mini pig interactions can also be used as a tool to enhance children’s Emotional Intelligence, a relatively recent focus in schools. Furthermore, we could be incorporated into assemblies, school fares, fundraising events or coffee mornings to enhance the event and increase attendance.
At pre-schools, nurseries or childminder facilities, children can enjoy a visit from a real “Peppa Pig” and “George” with plenty of petting and cuddling.
Micro Pigs for Schools – What We Provide
The visit can form part of the EYFS Knowledge and Understanding where children can learn interesting facts about animals through an invaluable practical experience. The created excitement can then spread the word about this unusual children’s experience and could further promote your facility to prospective parents, especially if you employ the services of a local paper or press.
As well as our interactive visit, we can modify our educational talk and its duration according to the age group and pitch at just the right level for the children to understand. We base this educational activity on the Key Curriculum Elements such as Understanding the World, Religious Education, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Maths, Expressive Art and Design, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Before the visit, we can provide a Template of the Topics that we can discuss with the children covering all of these educational elements.
Furthermore, we have provided educational talks to KS3 students in line with their research topics, one of them being how our Charity, The New Dawn Foundation is involved in the local community as well as the work of our Therapy Pigs with disabled children. The topics for discussions are various and we are happy to help with your specific requirements.
In addition, you will receive an A4 laminated Miniature Pig Fact File, as well as The Pigfather’s Certificate of our visit, for you to keep.
We are very proud to be the first company in the UK to have our mini pigs enrolled onto a Mini Pig Therapy Pet Certification Programme accredited by the AMPA!
Our piglets can be rented out on an hourly basis as well as part of the new “Borrow My Piggy” Service, where they can be “borrowed” for two days to a week! This Service offers an amazing opportunity for children to spend many hours learning about these intelligent and interesting animals.
Micro Pig Inspired Art
Renting Micro Pigs for schools can help children get inspired to be more creative. Our recent primary school visit did just that! During the Chinese New Year Celebration in February 2019 the children got to spend the whole day with our mini pigs Mikey and Sunny. As they were able to stroke, brush and learn so much about these intelligent animals, the pupils were encouraged by this close encounter and produced some amazing pieces of writing.
We held a competition for the best piggy drawing and the most creative writing across all Key Stages, with the winners and the runner-ups receiving free snout paintings by Mikey and Sunny! Even the teachers could not resist such an offer and joined in the fun! It was amazing to see so much engagement from the children and the staff.
“The PigFather visited our school in Epsom, Surrey with Mikey. The children absolutely loved the visit and learnt so much about these special pigs’ lifestyle, diet and habits. Mikey was calm and well-trained and the children adored seeing and stroking him. We can’t wait for our next visit”!E. Dowler
The Pigfather came to our school during the Spring term to help us celebrate Creative Curriculum week. The pigs acted as a writing stimulus for our children to produce some brilliant writing. All the children thoroughly enjoyed having the pigs come to the school and have a chance to pet and find out some interesting facts about them. I would recommend the Pigfather to anyone interested in renting pigs.Suzanna Cacciottolo
Amazing experience! We asked for the pig father to come to our toddler group in Chessington. Both the adults and children thoroughly enjoyed it! An amazing experience for all. Very professional and friendly staff who run it. Very happy and thank you very much for such a wonderful experience. I will definitely be booking with them again.Miss Howlett
If you are thinking of booking multiple visits, please, enquire and we can make you an offer you cannot refuse!