Our Pet Fish

Day 1: Monday 7th November 2016

The Butterflies children asked Kylie and Jane if they could have a pet fish as we have a fish tank in the Butterflies Room. Kylie sat down with the children and sked them why they wanted a pet fish and how do you look after a pet fish? This was some of how our conversation went:

James said we don’t need a fish but we can call it James
Jacob said we need a fish because we have a tank but we don’t have a fish. Jacob thinks we need to get a yellow fish. Our pet fish needs to be fed 100 times a day.

Norah wants a rainbow and purple fish so it can go swimming in the pool and move by itself.
Hannah wants a pink fish.

Addison wants a rainbow fish. We need to feed the fish popcorn.

Some of the names the children have come up with so far are Yellow Fish, James, Ethan, Purple Fish and Dude

After our discussion, we told the children we would talk to Nicole about getting a pet fish. Norah and Addison said they wanted to ask Nicole themselves.

Day 2: Tuesday 8th November 2016

After our discussion, we told the children we would talk to Nicole about getting a pet fish. However the children wanted to ask her themselves. On Tuesday 8th November Addison, Levi and Jacob went with Kylie to Nicole’s office with our pictures of why we want to fish, to ask her. The children showed her the pictures. Nicole told the children that if they get the fish tank ready that morning that she would get them a fish. We went back to the room to explain to the rest of the group about our conversation with Nicole. We got the tank ready that morning. We all had a turn at pouring the water in the tank then Kylie and Jane put in the special conditioning treatment in.

Tuesday afternoon the children sat down with Jane and Jane asked the children “what do you think our pet fish will look like?” Their pictures are on the wall above the fish tank.

Our pet fish is coming soon. Keep an eye out in the room to see when our pet fish arrives

Day 3: Wednesday 9th November 2016

Nicole surprised us all today. She went to Best Friends Pet Store and brought us our fish. We have two pet fish in the Butterflies Room. Nicole brought some seaweed and a bridge to put in the tank for the fish to swim around. We all sat down on the mat very quietly as we watched Nicole put the fish in the tank. Nicole explained to the children that we need to feed the fish once a day. We haven’t named them yet.

We all watched as Kylie showed us how to feed the fish. We can only give them tiny bits of food as they only have small tummies.

Day 4: Thursday 10th November 2016

The children named the fish today. There were a few suggestions from the children. Marcus and Jaxen wanted Zumer, Joanna and Juliana wanted Anna, Addison suggested Hank, Edelyn wanted Edelyn, Hannah suggested Cinderella and Olivia wanted Elsa.

Introducing Dude and Cinderella.

Pet fish

Benefits of pets in Child Care.

Having a pet at Kool Kidz gives the opportunity to the children to interact with animals and learn some valuable life skills. Some of the benefits of having a pet in child care include: the children will learn responsibility, empathy, and help improve communication skills. Having a pet in child care helps children who do not have a pets or access to pets improve these skills.

Having a pet in child care gives children a sense of ownership as they take care of and look after their pet.

Links to Frameworks:
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity as they learn to interact with others.
Outcome 2; Children are connected with and contribute to their world by becoming aware of fairness
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing as they become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing and children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners when they transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place and technologies.
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators by interacting verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.


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