Press release from The Nursery in Portishead:
A nursery on the outskirts of Bristol has been instrumental in the development of Farm School.
Pre-school children are now experiencing life on the farm on a regular basis after Jackie Hardie, childcare expert and owner of The Nursery in Portishead, developed the concept with a local farm and equestrian centre.
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 seemed a natural progression to me. We very are lucky that the owners of Sperrings Farm and Equestrian, just a mile or so from our nursery, include Sally Letts who is NNEB 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 the children to a farm on a regular basis is an amazing opportunity.”
Bex, who grew up on the farm, said: “We love our adventures with the children on the farm. On any given day we might groom the horses, collect some eggs, work in the farmhouse garden or go on nature adventures, basically enjoying the day unfold together.”
Sally added: “Farm School allows the children to develop confidence when around animals. We explore everything from welfare and care in an animal setting, through to behaviour expectations around animals. There is plenty of hands-on learning, while engaging with nature and enjoying the great outdoors.”