Since Sandy Feet Farm opened in 2018 we have created a place where children can safely enjoy spending time in the outdoors, experience the animals in their environment, learn…and have fun.
Our school tours have been very popular with both main stream and special education schools…with most schools returning every year since we opened…children and teachers always leave smiling!!
But don't just take our word for it....This is what some had to say about our school tours
St.Teresa's National School, Kilflynn "What a fantastic school tour we had today in Sandy Feet Farm. We got to see all the animals and even feed a pet lamb. We got a tractor ride all around the farm and saw some fairy doors. We played in the playground and raced around on the go-karts. A massive thanks to Roy and Eleanor for showing us their wonderful farm"
St. Josephs National School, Castlemaine said
"Today we visited Sandy Feet Farm with the boys and girls from the Cairdeas ASD Units. It was a fantastic experience from start to finish. The animals were friendly, the setting was beautiful, the food was delicious and Roy and Eleanor looked after us so well. We look forward to returning..."
Our Junior Infants had a super School Tour at Sandy Feet farm last week. Thank you to Eleanor and Roy for the fantastic hospitality, we loved our visit as you can see here! Happy Days!
We are happy to discuss the needs of your class to make the tour as enjoyable as possible for everyone. If you have any queries regarding any aspect of farm, please call us on 0861585337 or drop us an email at .
Eleanor & Roy
Typically, our school tours begin at 10.00, when you are greeted by either Eleanor or Roy…or both of us!
Children will be given a tour of the sheds where baby animals and chicks are eagerly waiting their arrival!! The children will learn about the animals and have the opportunity to hold or feed them. Which animals are in the sheds depends on due dates and recent arrivals.
Next visit the out-door kitchens in the newly added natural play sensory garden. Experimenting with herbs, flowers and cooking leaf kebabs has been a big hit with both teachers and children.
Of course, no tour is complete without a ride on our now famous tractor & trailer ride!!! Lunch is usually followed by free play in our playground and go-kart track.
BEFORE YOU VISIT
We have some ideas that you might like to try on the run up to your visit. The farm provides many fabulous opportunities to learn through engagement and enchantment…feeding curiosity, creativity and collaboration. We have used modern technology to give some of our animals a voice!! …They even give away some secrets! Try it here (works on mi before you visit with your class, discuss with the children and see if what she says is true while you are here. This will help the children prepare for some things to look out for on the farm. It will help sharpen their focus and notice more on their visit. It might be fun to discuss one of the two animal poems we’ve included in our downloads to help demonstrate the relationship between humans and animals.
AFTER YOU VISIT
Have a look at our engaging downloads. They are based around all they’ve learned at Sandy Feet. After your visit, you can help children to consolidate what they’ve learned by choosing which downloads are suitable for your class. In accordance with our attempts to be more environmentally friendly we have decided to make our worksheets available for download rather than printing them as whole book that may not be used.
SAFTY AND HYGIENE
We hope you enjoy your day at Sandy Feet Farm. To help ensure that you do so safely, we ask you to follow the simple rules listed below.
Children must be supervised by their accompanying adult at all times.
For hygiene, public safety and animal welfare reasons, picnics are not permitted. Food is available for purchase and to be consumed in the Sandy Feet Café.
Harmful bacteria can be found on open farms. Pregnant women need to take particular care and specifically should avoid contact with lambs and their droppings.
Smoking is not allowed on site.
Enter fields or enclosures. Staff are happy to help you hold/rub/feed animals if it is possible
put hands on faces or fingers in mouths while petting animals or walking around the farm.
Kiss farm animals or allow children to put their faces close to animals.
Eat or drink while touching animals or walking around the farm. This includes eating sweets, crisps or chewing gum.
Eat anything that has fallen on the floor.
Use gels or wipes as a substitute for washing hands because these do not remove E. coli O157.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water provided at indoor and outdoor sinks...
After you have touched animals, fences or other surfaces in animal areas.
Before eating or drinking.
After removing dirty shoes or boots that have been worn on the farm.
Supervise children closely to ensure that they wash their hands thoroughly.