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  • Joeys and Roos

    • Welcome to Joeys, Roos and Big Roos!

      You can find out more about our programmes for babies, toddlers and their parents and carers, find activities from the sessions to use again at home and book your next blocks all through this Zoodle page.



      Joeys

      Baby and adult sessions

      Joeys

      Roos

      Young toddler and adult sessions

      Roos

      Big Roos

      Older toddler and adult sessions

      Big Roos

      FAQs

      Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

      FAQs
      • Pouches Sample Sessions

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        Join one of our free Pouches sessions if you're an expecting parent or carer or have a raring-to-go young one and discover how Joeys and Roos might be right for your family. 

        During this two-hour FREE session, you'll get the chance to explore some of our Joeys and Roos activities, enjoy the zoo with us and meet other families with a shared love of nature. We'll also explain what to expect from Joeys and Roos, how to book and get your thoughts and feedback to ensure the sessions meet your's and your child's individual needs.

        Our next Pouches sessions will be in 2022. If you have any questions about Joeys, Roos or Big Roos, you can find lots of answers on this page or email us at education@rzss.org.uk!


        Find out more about booking Pouches

        • Joeys

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          Nurture your baby’s lifelong love of animals and nature with us at Edinburgh Zoo today!

          Based in our world-class exhibits, our fantastic wildlife garden and around the zoo, you and your baby can connect and develop together surrounded by sensory experiences, songs and discoveries linked to animals from around the world.

          Specially designed for 3-18 month-old babies, you can promote their early learning development and enjoy the zoo weekly over an eight week block. This includes free entry to the zoo and the chance to explore and socialise with other parents and carers after each session.

          Each session begins with a song and everyone gathers together to explore the week's theme through sensory items in their provided Zoo Bag with their babies.  Bit by bit, new items and experiences are introduced to the circle by the session leader and these include instruments, biofacts, stories, songs and other exciting elements linked to animals. In the middle of the session, there's a chance to explore a few other messier sensory experiences with your baby, such as discovering different types of chimp food or playing with ice cubes like pandas do! Then, we end with tummy time and a calming last activity. Joeys has a flexible, no-pressure approach so that you can drop in and out to meet your baby's needs and you can also feed and change within the room or in our quiet space - whichever suits you best!


          Dates

          Block 1 - Wednesdays 10 - 10.45am starting 27/04/2022


          Find out more and book now - Joeys


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          Find sensory activities you can use at home to match Joeys sessions right here!


          wallaby and joey

          Songs and stories will be uploaded here so that you can match at home too!

          • Roos

            child playing in the wildlife garden

            Nurture your toddler’s lifelong love of animals and nature with us at Edinburgh Zoo today!

            Based in our world-class exhibits, our fantastic wildlife garden and around the zoo, you and your toddler can connect and discover the world together through STEM adventures, stories and songs linked to animals from around the world.

            Specially designed for 18 month - 3 year-olds, you can promote their early learning and STEM development and enjoy the zoo weekly over an eight week block. This includes free entry to the zoo and the chance to explore and socialise with other parents and carers after each session.

            At Roos, each session begins with a song and everyone gathers together to introduce the week's theme through sensory and STEM-based play items in their provided Zoo Bag with their toddlers. Then, the session leader will introduce adventures for the toddlers, connecting your little ones to animals through instruments, biofacts and other STEM-based challenges. There will even be a chance to explore a few messier sensory and STEM experiences and you and your toddler can choose any of these middle activities to play together and with others. Towards the end, the group comes back together for a calming last activity. Roos has a flexible, no-pressure approach so that you can drop in and out to meet your toddler's needs and you can also feed and change within the room or in our quiet space - whichever suits you best!


            Dates

            Block 1 - Wednesdays 11.30 - 12.15pm starting 27/04/2022


            Find out more and book now - Roos


            Child with koala puppet

            Find STEM activities you can use at home to match Roos sessions right here!


            kangaroo and joey

            Songs and stories will be uploaded here so that you can match at home too!

            • Big Roos

              child playing in the wildlife garden

              Does your pre-school child crave active learning and connecting to animals and nature? Specially designed for 3 to 5 year-olds, Big Roos will help you and your child to connect with and discover the animal kingdom together while developing their confidence, speech and language, numeracy and social skills through active games and adventures.

              At Big Roos, each session starts with a warm-up with everyone gathering together to introduce the week's theme. Then, the session leader will introduce a series of fun activities to keep your child both engaged and developing. Each game is designed to appropriately challenge to your child to boost their confidence and is accompanied with storytelling that will open their eyes to the natural world around them. There may even be a chance to explore a few bonus experiences along the way! Towards the end, the group comes back together for a calming last activity, after which you are free to explore all that the rest of zoo has to offer alone or with other members of the group you will meet. Big Roos has a flexible, no-pressure approach so that you can drop in and out to meet your child's needs and you can also feed and change within the room or in our quiet space - whichever suits you best!


              Dates

              Block 1 - Wednesdays 1.30 - 2.15pm starting 27/04/2022


              Find out more and book now - Big Roos

              • FAQs

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                Who can attend Joeys and Roos?

                Joeys is for parents and carers with babies aged 3 - 18 months on the start date of the block. One parent can attend per child and please contact us if you'd like to enquire about multiple adults per child. Roos is for parents and carers with toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years on the start date of the block. One parent can attend per child and please contact us if you'd like to enquire about multiple adults per child.

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                What are the benefits of Joeys, Roos and Big Roos?

                All of our sessions have been tailored to early development needs and are based on the latest early years research to help you nurture your family's life-long love of nature, conservation and the world around us.

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                What are the sessions like?

                Joeys sessions are all about helping you and your baby connect together and to nature. Each session is designed with a great balance of repetition, progression and sensory elements to help your little one thrive. Roos and Big Roos sessions are more self-led, involve lots of discovering and exploring with your toddler, and STEM development. Joeys, Roos and Big Roos include new focus animals each week, songs and instruments linked to animals from around the world, and across each block, there are a mixture of indoor and outdoor sessions.

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                How long are the sessions?

                Each session is 45 minutes long and we have a flexible, no-pressure atmosphere at Joeys, Roos and Big Roos which allows you to enjoy, develop and connect together at your own pace.

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                How do I book?

                You can use the links above to book your chosen block straight away or you can use the 'Find out more' link to go to our Eventbrite pages first.

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                Why can't I see tickets?

                Joeys and Roos tickets will be live on 19th July 2021 and the links to tickets will appear then. If tickets have sold out, you can sign up to the Eventbrite waiting list to be informed of new dates and times. More sessions may be added depending on waiting list numbers.

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                What do I need to bring?

                There's a flexible, no-pressure atmosphere at Joeys and Roos which allows you to enjoy, develop and connect together at your own pace. We have all the facilities on hand if you need to pop out for a feed or a change and then just jump back in! Please bring anything you and your baby or toddler would need for this, including nut-free snacks if desired. Some of our sessions involve painting, getting messy and discovering lots! All activities are optional and cleaning wipes etc will be available. You don't need to bring anything else.

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                Will we get messy?

                We love to embrace 'mess' and some of our sessions involve painting, getting messy, playing with water, ice and mud, and discovering lots! All activities are optional and cleaning wipes etc will be available.

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                Where do we go for Joeys or Roos?

                One of our team will meet you up to 10 minutes before the start of each session at the Members Gate (which is in the top corner of the zoo car park). After each session, your family can then explore the zoo and carry on discovering!

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                I'm a member!

                Thanks for being a member and supporting conservation projects around the world! To thank you, we have exclusive members' discounts for Joeys and Roos. If you'd like to know more, please email membership@rzss.org.uk or education@rzss.org.uk.

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                Oh no! Tickets have sold out!

                Don't worry - new dates for Pouches, Joeys and Roos will be added to the Eventbrite pages regularly and you can sign up to the waiting list for updates if an event is currently sold out. Signing up to the waiting list will mean you can be informed of new dates and times and more sessions may be added depending on waiting list numbers.

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                When will the next block be?

                You can find our latest and planned block dates on this page and on our Eventbrite pages. If you'd like to know dates further in advance, please get in touch with education@rzss.org.uk

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                Will I be able to book onto the next block with others from my group?

                As soon as the tickets are available, yes! We'll give the current group early access to the next block so that everyone can continue developing their connections together. If you'd like access to a different group or time, just let us know at education@rzss.org.uk!

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