We harness this natural curiosity and provide a warm animal-focused environment for children to interact with animals and to learn about their place in the natural world. Children will have the opportunity to care for and learn about farm animals and what they mean to us. Children will be able to assist staff in feeding, grooming, and cleaning pens.
We believe that children learn best through play where they have the opportunity to grow and challenge themselves in an environment where the overwhelming focus is on enjoyment.
As part of this, we offer a range of programs and experiences including our junior farmers program. This provides an opportunity for children to:
- develop their skills through the management of a small farm
- demonstrate an understanding about caring for the natural environment
- have an awareness of the need to sustain farming as a natural resource for the community in the future
We offer this to all the children at our Blacksoil childcare centre. We are fortunate to have such a beautiful natural area for our childcare facilities and provide a rich and exciting environment for your child to play and learn amongst. We also cater the learning and play experience to your child’s needs – so if your child has a particular desire to learn about gardening, farming, or animals we will encourage and nurture this in a positive and safe way.
Mini Animal Farm
Baby animals and small children are so precious to each other – each at a beautiful early developmental stage, and eager to engage with the natural world around them.
Cow Visits & Feeding:
Morning 8.00am – 9.30am / Afternoon 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Each day the children head outside to visit the cows we have at our Blacksoil childcare facility. During their visit, every child is encouraged to take care of and feed our cows on a daily basis.
The children take part in all the basic tasks required to feed and care for the cows including – preparing bottles for the cows, cleaning water buckets and pens and giving the cow lucerne and oats.
Chicken Visits & Feeding:
Morning 8.00am – 11.00am / Afternoon 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Our junior farmers program wouldn’t be complete without chickens. Each day the children visit our three chickens (Gene, Dotty and Hen Solo), where they take care of and feed them on a daily basis. The children are also taught to recycle their food scraps to give to the chickens an extra food source.
Being Part of Nature
Along with our farm animals, occasionally we also have colourful birds and butterflies visiting our centre, which is a joyful experience for the children when they get the chance to see them. We also have an extensive worm farming and composting program in place that we also teach the children about. Both of these programs are used to help the wide array plants on our premises to flourish and grow.
How the Junior Farmers Program Can Benefit Your Children
There are so many ways your children can benefit from the junior farmers program. Not only does the program provide your children with rich and practical life experiences, but it also offers the rare opportunity for them to really experience and be part of nature.