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To ensure your visitors have a safe, enjoyable and educationally worthwhile experience, you may need to make some changes around the farm. Here are some important requirements:

Site

  • a safe parking area large enough to accommodate one or two coaches with turning space, or 10 to 15 cars, with easy access your visitor reception area
  • a good level of general cleanliness around the farm
  • adequate signage and information for visitors
  • secure cordon arrangements where it is necessary to keep visitors out of certain areas

Facilities

  • a secure covered area to leave belongings and to shelter the children from the elements – whether it is cold, wet or very sunny. Posters such as the FACE Farm visits and farmer's year wallchart, children's work and a 'nature table' will make it more interesting
  • seating in the covered area either for teaching or eating lunch eg hay bales, tables and chairs. Outdoor seating such as a log circle can also be very useful
  • adequate toilet and hand-washing facilities, with additional hand-washing facilities (with soap and warm water) in animal-contact areas

People

  • sufficient manpower to support teachers and adult helpers during the visit, in particular for proper supervision of animal contact. Be aware of child protection issues, and check the requirements of visiting schools. FACE can help you with Disclosure and Barring Service checks, see DBS disclosures through FACE.
  • appropriate training for everyone working with the visitors. For example:
    • Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS)
    • Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge
    • Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) Speak Out training
    • LEAF Open Farm Sunday workshops
    • Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) workshops