Daisy is our Lanesend Primary School Therapy Dog. She joined our team in January 2020 and we now cannot imagine a time without her. Daisy is an Australian Labradoodle and she is a hypo-allergenic dog. They are very intelligent dogs that are very kind and gentle. They are specifically bred in Australia to support visually impaired people and she is trained by Ability Dogs 4 Young People on the Isle of Wight, who proudly awarded her with an ability dogs' jacket.
Daisy has many jobs in school. You will often see her first thing in the morning on the gates with Miss Hopkinson or another member of the team, saying hello to the children and the families. She likes it when people say hello to her and stroke her fur. She will also help walk children into school in the morning if they are feeling a little bit upset or unsure.
During the day, Daisy spends her time in Miss Hopkinson’s office. Children can come and visit her and she loves to be read to or share a game with them. Daisy will also often be found having a walk or a play on the field with children or simply spending time in classes. She even has her very own Instagram account called @thedaisydogdiaries
If your child has a worry around dogs, they do not have to interact with Daisy, we just ask you to let us know this when they start school. However, we are happy to support them to spend time with Daisy and get used to her at their own pace if you would like them too. Miss Hopkinson will with work closely with you to do this.
We feel very lucky to have Daisy as part of our team and she is real ray of sunshine around our school.