Nursery and equestrian centre set up farm school
PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 August 2018
Young farmers will have the chance to learn all about agricultural life after the launch of a new school.
Jackie Hardie, who owns The Nursery in Combe Road, Portishead, has set up the ‘inspirational’ school alongside Sally Letts from Sperrings Farm and Equestrian Centre in Clapton-in-Gordano.
Staff at the centre had already been paying visits to the nursery, but the new partnership means children will now be able to regularly attend the farm to enjoy ‘hands on learning’.
Jackie said: “Forest schools and beach schools are growing in popularity across the UK as the Government continues to actively encourage learning outside the classroom, so the introduction of farm school seems a natural progression to me.
“We are every lucky that the owners of Sperrings Farm and Equestrian Centre include Sally, who is National Nursery Examination Board qualified and has previously run a nursery, and her daughter Bex who is a safeguarded, qualified and experienced riding instructor.
“They had already been making regular visits to the nursery with animals like ponies and lambs, but to take children to a farm on a regular basis will be an amazing opportunity.”
During visits to the centre, in Clapton Lane, children will be taught animal welfare, how to behave around them and nature.
Sally added: “We feel the farm school will allow the children to develop confidence around animals. There will be plenty of hands-on learning, while engaging with nature and enjoying the great outdoors.
“The farm school will provide an inspirational learning environment in which children will be encouraged to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others, as well as develop an empathy with the animals.”
As well as organising the farm school, Sperrings has launched a number of other projects aimed at making animal activities more accessible for children to get involved in.
The centre also runs pony birthday parties, riding lessons, camp days and allows people to own a pony part-time.