General News — 02 January 2014

IT TURNS out long yellow teeth, hairless tails and squat furry bodies are a  good substitute for mum or dad.

Rats in the nursery would usually be a good reason to call in a pest  exterminator but at Isabella Plains Childcare and Education Centre the  long-tailed vermin are actually part of the program.

Two Rattus rattus named Dora and Curly are part of an innovative  therapy scheme used to help children with separation anxiety,  behaviour and  stress.

Communities@Work chief executive  Lynne Harwood said the centre initially  received $2000 of funding from the ACT government for the program.bigstock-Child-Portrait-5332592