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Getting Equipped

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To ensure your visitors have a safe, enjoyable and educationally worthwhile experience, you may need to make some changes around the farm. Here are some important requirements:

Site

  • a safe parking area large enough to accommodate one or two coaches with turning space, or 10 to 15 cars, with easy access your visitor reception area
  • a good level of general cleanliness around the farm
  • adequate signage and information for visitors
  • secure cordon arrangements where it is necessary to keep visitors out of certain areas

Facilities

  • a secure covered area to leave belongings and to shelter the children from the elements – whether it is cold, wet or very sunny. Posters, children's work and a 'nature table' will make it more interesting
  • seating in the covered area either for teaching or eating lunch eg hay bales, tables and chairs. Outdoor seating such as a log circle can also be very useful
  • adequate toilet and hand-washing facilities, with additional hand-washing facilities (with liquid soap, warm water and paper towels) in animal-contact areas

People

  • sufficient people to support teachers and adult helpers during the visit, in particular for proper supervision of animal contact. Be aware of child protection issues, and check the requirements of visiting schools. You should have a safeguarding policy in place and ensure you are not left alone with children.
  • appropriate training for everyone working with the visitors. For example:
    • Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS)
    • Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge
    • Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) Speak Out training