We strongly believe in the therapeutic and educational benefits of animals and therefore we have several animals at Young Friends that the children learn to take care of. They brush them, feed them, bath them (in the summer), stroke and just hang out with them. They learn to be gentle and respectful and what they need to be happy and feel loved. Often the animals are what settles a new child into the nursery, or one that might be upset or worried about something. We have domestic pets who are living a life of luxury and wild animals at the plot. Children learn what each needs and why we need them. Our domestic pets all love children as they are handled daily by the children and staff. Children are included in all aspects of their care and the advantages for the children are crystal clear.