Crawlies in class

Snakes Alive: Emma Kimberley introduces Bob the corn snake to Ambergate playgroup children Jobe Halfpenny, Saul Moakes, Louis Vallance and Cliona Kelly at the Methodist Church Hall, Ambergate.
Snakes Alive: Emma Kimberley introduces Bob the corn snake to Ambergate playgroup children Jobe Halfpenny, Saul Moakes, Louis Vallance and Cliona Kelly at the Methodist Church Hall, Ambergate.

CRAWLIES creeped into the classroom for a recent animal-based education workshop.

The youngsters at Ambergate Playgroup welcomed Zoolab, and animal-handling company who bring along an array of unusual creatures for the children to learn about and even hold.

And at the methodist church hall on Devonshire street, there was a tarantula spider, a corn snake, a giant cockroach and an African snail among the exotic animals on display.

Playgroup supervisor Joanne Hartshorne said: “They really enjoyed it, it was great and they were really fascinated by it – none of them seemed scared of the animals though!

“We raised money from the pantomime we did and decided to put it towards the children, so we asked Zoolab to come along.

“We’ve never had them here before, but we’d have them back.”