Follow-up Animal Assisted Activity Session for Settings


For settings who have completed an introductory session and already identified goals, these sessions build upon the first animal encounter.

Sessions might be aim to progress a child’s skills or developmental goals. Alternatively we might plan activities to target a specific curriculum area and boost attainment for an individual or a group.

NAATA uses a playful and flexible approach. Children and animals are provided with opportunities to join in the fun, but with no pressure on them to have to participate in a certain way. Whilst we are modelling language, behaviour and skills, we are also following children’s interests, noticing and validating all of the ways they communicate and participate.




Supporting outstanding practice

NAATA also aims to work with settings to build practitioner skills and confidence. When it comes to supporting children’s early literacy, speech, language and interaction skills,  we have the knowledge and skills to help EYFS settings to develop or build upon outstanding practice.

During our visits, staff will have opportunities to explore strategies and techniques and talk about how these might be generalised beyond the NAATA session. Whilst you may be aiming to close the attainment gap for children eligible for Pupil Premium Funding or boost attainment for pupils with SEND, many of the strategies and activities can be applied across the classroom with benefits for all children.