EDUCATIONAL VISITS are suitable for Pre-schools, Child Care Centers and Schools.
Over the years we have developed an educational program that is both fun and interesting for the children.
It teaches children about farm animals and how they help us.
At Golden Ridge our aim is to spend quality time with each child . This means every child will get a turn at every activity which is an integral part of the learning process.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY
We are at your center for up to 2 hours. Most sessions are morning sessions running between 9.00 - 12.30. Depending on your location, we can also do afternoons if required.
We arrive early to set up and be ready to start at our booked time. We can set up where ever suits you, grass or on concrete. We can put a tarp down to protect surfaces or grass. Under a shaded area is preferred to protect the animals and children from the sun. We set up a small steel pen this can vary in size depending on the area we have and the number of children. We put our baby lambs and goats inside this pen and our smaller animals stay in their cages.
We require access to water.
THE ANIMALS WE BRING
Hen and Rooster
Mature goat and mature sheep - if suited to your topic needs to be arranged on booking
We break up the day in age groups or rooms, babies and under 2 year old are welcome to come out and visit the animals and go in the pen with them. We normally run 2 sessions in total with the older rooms. We like the children to sit on the ground and we will sit on small chairs.
We sit the children down and introduce ourselves and our animals to them.
We ask them questions about the animals, what sounds they make and products they give us. All questions are based on the children's age and how responsive they are.
Our talk is tailored to suit your topic and cover outcomes for you - please advise what topic you are doing on booking
The children will sit on the ground in small groups or lines we will let the children hold, pat and feel the smaller animals.
3. BOTTLE FEEDING
The children will stand in a line or a circle. (Lines are easier for the teachers/ educators to get a good photograph.) We allow each child to have a turn bottle feeding our baby lambs or baby goats.
4. OPEN PEN
We open up our pen to let the children go inside and hand feed and brush our animals. If the children are nervous to enter we allow them to touch and feed the animals from the outside. We may do this as 2 or 3 smaller groups.
5. QUESTION TIME
If there is time at the sessions end we will have a quick questions time for the children to ask the farmers any farm animal questions they may have.
At the end of the visit we will pack up the structure and clean up the animals mess we will remove this and take it with us.