A SERIES of workshops this month will teach children how to care for small animals.

Pets at Home are putting on interactive Mr Pet Pals workshops until Sunday, April 28.

The workshops are aimed at children between the ages of five and 11, and take place every day at the store in Wycke Hill, Maldon from 11.30am.

Hosted by the friendly and knowledgeable pet care advisors, the workshops will focus on caring for small animals, such as guinea pigs, gerbils and rabbits.

It will teach children the responsibilities of owning them but also how rewarding these pets can be and how to care for them.

Children will also learn how to interact with them safely. Store manager Darren Matthews said: “The My Pet Pals workshops demonstrate how rewarding pets can be and how to care for them, making sure parents and kids understand pet welfare and responsible pet ownership.

It’s a great way of learning how to keep small furries happy and healthy during a fun and hands-on experience.”

The workshops will cover the five key welfare needs for each - shelter, food and water, good health, appropriate company and the right living environment.

All visitors will receive an activity book, pet stickers and colouring sheets.

Workshops last 30 minutes and can be booked at petsathome.com/petworkshops.