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CAN YOU “FRAME THE FARM?” GODSTONE FARM INVITES CHILDREN TO JOIN IN ITS NEW PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

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For over 40 years, families have enjoyed visits to the Godstone Farm, capturing special moments with many of our resident animals. But from 1st November, the Godstone Farm is launching a new photography competition for budding snappers. Children are challenged to “frame the farm” by taking photos of their favourite furry friends between 1st November and 30th January 2022. A short list of winners will be showcased via a virtual gallery on the Godstone Farm website, and the winning photographer will receive a 1:1 photography lesson with the acclaimed wildlife photographer, Tom Sullam – director and judge of the Comedy Wildlife Photography awards.

Nicola Henderson, CEO at Godstone Farm comments: “We’ve all got cameras in our hands these days and even some of our youngest children are pretty savvy at spotting a great shot! So, we’re inviting kids to get snapping their favourite animal on the farm. Entries can either be posted on a parent’s Instagram or Facebook by tagging us and using the hashtag #framethefarm or email us via [email protected] with the subject line, Frame the Farm.”

Henderson added: “Each year we receive literally thousands of tags on our social media channels of a day well-spent at the farm, so it seemed only right to recognise the gems of photos that get captured, often whilst the team is busy across our 45 acres of farmland.”

Frame the Farm competition judge and photographer, Tom Sullam comments: “There’s so much pleasure to be had from capturing special moments we see from the animals on the farm.  By observing, watching and waiting, it can be a fantastic way to build empathy in our kids, to help them realise how alike we really are with our animal friends. Capturing that moment on camera, can help us share our enjoyment of nature and take the time to recognise its value. Once we have opened their eyes, we can expand their understanding of the natural world and encourage them to share our enjoyment of nature and its value.”

“I can’t wait to spend some time with the winning family – to share my tips and tricks for capturing a funny, endearing or heart-warming moment on the farm.”

To enter the Godstone Farm ‘Frame the Farm’ competition, simply tag Godstone Farm on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #framethefarm or email us via [email protected] with the subject line, Frame the Farm.  To book your visit go to www.godstonefarm.co.uk

As the leaves turn from green to yellow, red and brown and there’s a crisp freshness to the air, it’s inevitable that we start to hunker down and turn-up the central heating, but Godstone Farm is challenging families to get outdoors and embrace the weather, with its new winter campaign, “100 Hours on the Farm”. Children will be able to collect a stamp with each hour they enjoy on the farm from 1st November 2021 until 30th March 2022, and those who manage to reach 100 stamps, will win a free family visit with drinks for adults and treat for the children.*

Nicola Henderson, CEO at Godstone Farm comments: “Not only have we launched a special Winter Warmer Pass for families – which gives unlimited weekday term-time access to the farm – but our 100 Hours on the Farm campaign is designed to encourage families to embrace the great outdoors and the benefits of a day spent in our 45 acres of Surrey hills countryside with abundant fresh air.”

“There is a sense that the Great British public have got a lot hardier over that last year, with waterproofs and wellies regularly at hand, thanks to the series of lockdowns we have experienced; and perhaps one fortunate bi-product of that is recognising how good the great outdoors can be for our children.”

The team at Godstone Farm firmly subscribe to the theory that ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes’, so even if the heavens have opened, there’s so much to do. The animals still need to be fed, the pigs will be taking their daily exercise, and the ponies winter coats will need a good stroke. In addition, as part of the admission, each Monday and Friday there is storytime and craft making at the Mini Treks and Trails session – and not forgetting puddles which are made for jumping in!

When asking some of the team what their favourite things to do at Godstone, whatever-the-weather, they said:

  • Mike our Gardener says, “It’s at this time of year that I’m sowing potatoes for next year, but they’re also a perfect winter warmer for a lunchtime pitstop in the restaurant.”
  • Rosie our Operations Manager says, “Our Highland cows, Heidi and Hettie – they are made for Scottish weather and I’m always inspired by their warm coats, which reminds me that a warm coat can take you anywhere!”
  • Carina, Events Co-ordinator says: “Our new meerkats provides a lot of entertainment. They are very attentive little creatures and are especially good at patrolling their enclosure.”
  • Emma, Visitor Experience Manager says: “Our new dinosaur trail is my favourite spot on the farm. Seven dinosaurs can be found hiding under the canopy of our woodland trail, with lots of fun facts about each one!”

Henderson adds: “Of course, there are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy a warm Barista-style coffee and lunch in our new courtyard restaurant or enjoy a heart-warming cuddle with the bunnies in the petting barn, or get little hearts and lungs racing in the play barn.”

 If you think you can clock-up 100 Hours at Godstone Farm this winter, simply collect your stamp-collection kit at the gates. To book your visit go to www.godstonefarm.co.uk

Godstone Farm’s new day nursery and pre-school has been officially opened by the Member of Parliament for East Surrey, Claire Coutinho. The new team of expert staff and excited children enjoyed a special ribbon-cutting ceremony undertaken by Ms Coutinho, joined by Godstone Farm mascot, ‘Wiglet the Piglet’ and the original founder of Godstone Farm, 82-year-old grandmother of nine, Jackie Flaherty.

The new purpose-built nursery is set within the grounds of the popular family farm and enjoys access to the 45 acres of verdant Surrey Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With places for children ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years, the nursery offers a distinctive natural ethos, focused on child-led play with free flow access to a large garden and regular visits to the farm to see the animals.

Lucy Nicholson, Nursery Manager at Godstone Farm Nursery & Pre-School comments: “Today was a real highlight for both the team and the children at the nursery, to celebrate the official opening. Many of the children were especially excited to meet Wiglet!

So far, we’ve experienced strong demand from parents wishing to ensure their little ones are nurtured in a natural setting, with plenty of fresh air and wholesome fun. Inside, the nursery we have a stimulating range of equipment and a variety of activities which encourage independence, self-motivation and eagerness to learn. This is complemented by our nature-centred ethos running through everything we do.”

Nicola Henderson, CEO of Godstone Farm comments: “We are delighted to mark the official opening of the new nursery here on the farm. It’s been over a year in planning, working closely with the award-wining farm-based nursery group, Kids Play childcare. We’re especially pleased that not only has our local MP been so supportive of our efforts to expand the farm’s offering, but also that our founder, Jackie Flaherty was here today. For over forty years, Jackie has been at the helm of Godstone Farm, seeing generations of her own family and millions of other children thrive from a day spent on the farm.”

Jackie Flaherty added: “I know that many parents appreciate more than ever the importance of fantastic childcare provision and the benefits of a warm, bright and dynamic early years setting. It’s a joy to see the farm evolve into both a family attraction, as well as a place for children to learn and grow.”

Claire Coutinho MP commented: It’s a real delight to see the children settling into Godstone Farm’s new nursery. Jackie and the team have created a wonderful world for them to grow up immersed in nature.

Open day tours of the nursery are now being offered for prospective parents. The next open day is Saturday 2nd October. To find out more and register an interest in the new day nursery, please visit www.godstonefarmdaynursery.co.uk

OCTOBER HALF TERM – FLASH SALE!
BOOK HOLIDAY CLUBS EARLY AND BENEFIT FROM OUR EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!
CAMP GLIDE UPDATES
Read on for updates regarding:
  • Camp Glide this October Half Term Holidays: Join us this October, BOOK NOW!
    • Our Venues: Wray Common, Chipstead Valley and Westvale Park
  • Early Bird Discount: Book and pay by 15th September
  • Next Half-Term Time Booking: Going live on 13th October at Midday
  • What we are doing to keep everyone safe: Information about our control measures
  • Booking and self-isolation: Please choose from our flexibility options carefully

CAMP GLIDE THIS OCTOBER HALF TERM HOLIDAYS
Join us this October, BOOK NOW! 

Booking is NOW LIVE for October Half Term 2021. We’ve got a fantastic line up of activities prepared to make this the greatest holiday ever! This Half Term will be our great SPOOKTACULAR. With lots of fun and friendly seasonal activities.It’s great news that the COVID situation is improving. We will be following the latest government guidance which we recognise may change before Half Term. We will do our best to react to and communicate any changes to our provision.

At Camp Glide we will be offering our more flexible service. We will be offering our breakfast club, regular days and half days.


OUR VENUES
Wray Common – Chipstead Valley – Westvale Park

We are super excited to announce that we will be running from THREE venues this Half Term!

Prices are available on our website. Each venue will be operating slightly differently. Please click the venue above for more information.


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
Book and pay before by 15th September

Benefit from our Early Bird Discount by placing and paying for your Holiday booking by 15th September 2021. Our Early Bird Discount is already applied. Early Bird Discount cannot be used with any other discount.


NEXT HALF TERM-TIME BOOKING
Going live on 13th October at Midday
Sessions for November and December at our before and after school clubs will go live on our website on 13th October at approximately midday.

WHAT WE ARE DOING TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Some information about our control measures

We are extremely excited to be re-opening at Camp Glide. We are committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible. We have implemented extra measures in order for this to happen..

Please see our COVID policy for more details. Here are some key details:

  • We will be using appropriate space and good ventilation at Camp Glide
  • Additional infection control measures
  • Rigorous cleaning at our settings
  • Extra hand washing
  • Education on respiratory hygiene
  • Engagement with test, track and trace
  • Staff engagement with regular testing programmes
We look forward to welcoming everyone back, and those new to Camp Glide. Thank you for your continued support.

BOOKING AND SELF-ISOLATION
Please choose from our flexibility options carefully
We appreciate the concerns of uncertainty, especially in regards to isolation. Camp Glide offers an option giving you 24hrs notice to cancel (and receive a refund) or amend your booking. Please choose carefully when making your booking and make the right choice for you. Unfortunately, we cannot provide a refund, credit or amend a booking unless the correct notice period is given. This includes if a child or parent is self-isolating for any reason.We have different flexibility options if your plans are uncertain. There is more about our terms and conditions on our website.

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WRAY COMMON HOLIDAY CLUB
Reigte/Redhill  –  October 25th to 29th  –  School aged children (4yrs* to 12yrs old)

Join us at our Wray Common Holiday club this Holiday. We’ve got an action packed line up including CRAZY science experiments, Halloween Parties and Dress Up! Swimming will be an option everyday. *4 year olds must already be attending reception. (i.e. new reception starters can join Camp Glide at this venue for the first time in October Half Term).

We have a few different PODs this Holiday. Please consult with your child and pick the right POD for you.

Children will be all together for the extended parts of our day before moving into their POD ready for 9am. Children will do clinics and free play activities, swimming and lunch in their POD. All Camp Activities will mean that children from different PODs will have the opportunity to spend time with one another.Pod: Traditional Camp – Free Focus (All age groups)
A programme suited to children that like to have more choice in what they do. This pod offers lots of free play, child-led games and activities; there will still be some structure. We find that, generally, our younger campers tend to prefer this less-structured day, although the activities will be appropriate and fun for all ages.


Pod: Traditional Camp – Action Stations (All age groups)
A programme for children that enjoy camp’s structured activities. Campers will enjoy a day full of activities with rules and instruction, although there will still be some down time and free play to enjoy. This pod is best suited for children who get excited about structured games and activities (and don’t get too fed up with lots of instruction).


Pod: Sports Stars (All age groups)
A full day of energetic and exciting sports activities. There will be loads on offer including: rounders, cricket, netball, football as well as active games and more!


Pod: Soccer School (All age groups)
A full fun day of football skills, drills and games! Please remember to bring appropriate footwear and shin pads to participate fully.

BOOK NOW


 

CHIPSTEAD VALLEY HOLIDAY CLUB
Coulsdon  –  October 25th to 29th  –  School aged children (4yrs* to 12yrs old)

Join us at our Chipstead Valley club this Holiday. We’ve got an action packed line up including CRAZY science experiments, Halloween Parties and Dress Up! Swimming will be an option everyday. *4 year olds must already be attending reception. (i.e. new reception starters can join Camp Glide at this venue for the first time in October Half Term).

We have a few different PODs this Holiday. Please consult with your child and pick the right POD for you.

Children will be all together for the extended parts of our day before moving into their POD ready for 9am. Children will do clinics and free play activities, swimming and lunch in their POD. All Camp Activities will mean that children from different PODs will have the opportunity to spend time with one another.Pod: Traditional Camp – Free Focus (All age groups)
A programme suited to children that like to have more choice in what they do. This pod offers lots of free play, child-led games and activities; there will still be some structure. We find that, generally, our younger campers tend to prefer this less-structured day, although the activities will be appropriate and fun for all ages.


Pod: Traditional Camp – Action Stations (All age groups)
A programme for children that enjoy camp’s structured activities. Campers will enjoy a day full of activities with rules and instruction, although there will still be some down time and free play to enjoy. This pod is best suited for children who get excited about structured games and activities (and don’t get too fed up with lots of instruction).

BOOK NOW


 

WESTVALE PARK HOLIDAY CLUB
Horley –  July 26th to August 27th  –  Nursery and School aged children (2yrs to 12yrs old)

Join us at our NEW Westvale Park club this summer. We’ve got an action packed line up including CRAZY science experiments, Halloween Parties and Dress Up!

Please book your child into the correct POD based on your child’s age.

We have a few different PODs this October half term.Pod No1: Camp Glide MINIs! Nursery aged children

This pod is for Nursery aged children (2, 3 and 4 years old) This includes children about to start reception in September 2022.

We have a fantastic early years team ready to provide care for your child. Please note that food and other consumables are not included in the price of our session.

We hope to be accepting free early years entitlement soon.


Pod 2: Camp Glide: Traditional Camp (Children in current reception upwards to year 6)

Take part in our traditional camp programme. We will have a mixture of structured and free play activities including: games, sports, arts and crafts, drama our bouncy castle and more!

BOOK NOW


P.S. WE’RE HIRING!

Camp Glide has a few exciting opportunities for committed and enthusiastic childcare professionals looking to develop their leadership skills in the childcare sector. Learn more and apply on our website: campglide.co.uk/join-our-team.

Holiday Clubs

Camp Glide’s multi-activity day camps provide action-packed and affordable childcare during the school holidays for school-aged children.

Now taking bookings for October Half Term 2021.

Learn more »

School Clubs

Camp Glide’s before and after school clubs provide fun-filled and affordable childcare during the school term.

Booking for Autmun Term 2 opens Wednesday 13th October at approx midday!

Learn more »

Launching in the Autumn Term 2021, our weekly Parent & Toddler Forest School will offer children aged 0-5 years the opportunity to have fun outdoors and develop a connection with the natural world.

Mini Acorns Forest School will take place in our own woodland. Activities include nature-inspired crafts, den building, rope swings, mud kitchen and campfires. Sessions will be facilitated by our Level 3 qualified Forest School Leaders and Nursery Teachers, however children must be accompanied by an adult or carer.

Visit our page to find out more and book your place: https://www.copthorneprep.co.uk/admissions/mini-acorns-forest-school-toddler-morning/

Local drama teacher, Ian Brown, has continued to keep children engaged throughout each lockdown by providing online drama classes. Ian, Principal of Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in Croydon and his team have successfully continued to inspire their students throughout the duration of this pandemic, adapting to online delivery to ensure their students still had access to social interaction, positivity and continuity at a time when we have been limited in the activities we can access.

Ian moved his classes online almost immediately, allowing his students to interact and socialise at a time when families were safe at home and schools closed. This was gratefully received by parents and students alike:

‘The online drama classes with their uplifting activities made a positive change to the daily routine. That has proved to be very important for her mental well-being as well. Helen O’Grady Drama Academy gives the children a positive attitude towards life and its possibilities’

Each week the laughter, enjoyment and element of normality to the weekly schedule allows everyone to keep smiling:

‘I would like to say how much I look forward to our online drama classes each week. Especially during these times of lock down. They have given me a sense of purpose and normality and also something to focus on’

Ian and his team love being able to connect with the students each week, hearing their laughter and enjoyment and seeing their beaming smiles! We might not have been able to gather in venue for a while but we have still offered a weekly dose of imagination, socialisation, interaction and FUN!

With a covid-safe return to the classroom set for April, there is no better time to book a free trial! For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Tips to Instil a Love of Math in Your Child

The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted the education of millions of students across the country and progressing in maths has proved to be a particular struggle, according to national and local data.

There are many causes for this decline in mathematics grades, according to Patrick Quinn, a Parenting Expert at Brainly, the world’s largest online learning community used by over 350 million students, parents, and teachers monthly.

Here are seven tips for parents to get their kids excited about math and encourage them to use it on a daily basis:

1 PLAY MATHS GAMES AT HOME: There are many games your child can play that involve maths. Beginning in the early years, students can learn to enjoy maths by playing games such as chess, dominoes, cribbage, checkers, Set, Monopoly, Yahtzee, and backgammon. From there, they can move onto more challenging maths games like Sudoku, which is perfect for middle-schoolers.

2  READ BOOKS THAT INCORPORATE MATHS: More and more schools are starting to integrate diverse subject areas into the curriculum so that students can make clearer connections. But how do you include maths in a history or English class? One way is to read books in which the main characters solve a problem using math or logic. Find examples here.

3 TAKE AN INTEREST IN YOUR KIDS’ MATHS HOMEWORK: Begin each maths homework session by asking your child to explain what they’re supposed to do. By his or her response, you’ll know if they can do the assignment alone or if they need help. If you’re not able to help your child with the maths homework, find an online learning resource that can provide straightforward, step-by-step walkthroughs.

4 FIND OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR CHILD USE MATHS EVERY DAY: Encourage your child to solve problems involving maths outside of school. When you are shopping, travelling and saving to buy a special toy.

5 BUY A CONVERSION CHART: It’s an easy way to engrain the conversion tables of kilometres to miles, grams to ounces, or litres to gallons. They’re skills that don’t come up often but are extremely handy to know.

6 BE AN EXAMPLE: Many adults say they hated maths in school, according to national polls. If you are one of them, be careful that you don’t communicate that attitude to your child. It can cause maths anxiety, which sadly is contagious.

7 POINT OUT THE MATHS IN EVERYDAY LIFE: From working out how many ounces are in a cup while baking a cake to working out how long it will take to visit a relative, you can show your child that maths is everywhere around them. You can also point out the importance of maths in almost every walk of life. These small acknowledgments can make a difference and even get your child excited about maths!

The current pandemic has brought ‘empathy’ into public discourse more than ever before – Kamala Harris walking on to the winning stage with ‘The people have chosen empathy’ as a  backdrop; and Marcus Rashford showing empathy for hungry children and putting this into action with his food poverty campaign.

So it is timely that not-for-profit organisation EmpathyLab have revealed their 2021 Read For Empathy book collection after an expert judging panel weighed up hundreds of publisher submissions to select 50 of the very best contemporary empathy-boosting books for 4-16 year olds.

The aim is for schools, libraries, families and community groups to use the books to help raise a generation with strong empathy skills.

Read for empathy books for children aged 4-11

Picture books
Hello, Friend! Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children’s Books
Umbrella Elena Arevalo Melville, Scallywag Press
The Suitcase Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, Nosy Crow
Tibble and Grandpa Wendy Meddour & Daniel Egnéus, Oxford University Press
Felix After the Rain Dunja Jogan, translator Olivia Hellewell, Tiny Owl
Maia and What Matters Tine Mortier & Kaatje Vermeire, translator David Colmer, Book Island
Clean Up! Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola, Puffin
Ride the Wind Nicola Davies & Salvatore Rubbino, Walker Books
Once Upon a Dragon’s Fire Beatrice Blue, Frances Lincoln
The Lost Homework Richard O’Neill & Kirsti Beautyman, Child’s Play
How to Change the World Rashmi Sirdeshpande & Annabel Tempest, Puffin
Rain Before Rainbows Smriti Halls & David Litchfield, Walker Books

Early readers
The Boy in the Jam Jar Joyce Dunbar, illustrator John Shelley, Bloomsbury Education
Too Small Tola Atinuke, illustrator Onyinye Iwu, Walker Books
Five Ways to Make a Friend Gillian Cross, illustrator Sarah Horne, Barrington Stoke

Poetry
Belonging Street Mandy Coe, Otter-Barry Books
Bright Bursts of Colour Matt Goodfellow, illustrator Aleksei Bitskoff, Bloomsbury Education
Poems Aloud Joseph Coelho & Daniel Gray-Barnett, Wide-Eyed Editions
This Rock, That Rock Dom Conlon & Vivianne Schwarz, Troika Books

Graphic novel
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy Rey Terciero & Bre Indigo, Little Brown

Novels
The Space We’re In Katya Balen, illustrator Laura Carlin, Bloomsbury Children’s Books
The Time of Green Magic Hilary McKay, Macmillan Children’s Books
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates Jenny Pearson, illustrator Rob Biddulph, Usborne
Talking to the Moon S. E. Durrant, Nosy Crow
A Kind of Spark Elle McNicoll, Knights Of Media
Freedom Catherine Johnson, Scholastic
The Star Outside My Window Onjali Q. Raúf, Orion Children’s Books
The Faraway Truth Janae Marks, Chicken House 
Windrush Child Benjamin Zephaniah, Scholastic
The Taylor Turbochaser David Baddiel, HarperCollins 

Read for empathy books for young people aged 12-16

Novels
Tin Boy Steve Cole, illustrator Oriol Vidal, Barrington Stoke
The Last Paper Crane Kerry Drewery, illustrator Natsko Seki, Hot Key Books
Eight Pieces of Silva Patrice Lawrence, Hodder Children’s Books
I Was Born for This Alice Oseman, HarperCollins
The Gone Book Helena Close, Little Island Books
And the Stars Were Burning Brightly Danielle Jawando, Simon & Schuster
On the Come Up Angie Thomas, Walker Books
A House Without Walls Elizabeth Laird, Macmillan Children’s Books
Chinglish Sue Cheung, Andersen Press
Scavengers Darren Simpson, Usborne
Boy, Everywhere A. M. Dassu, Old Barn Books

Graphic novel
When Stars Are Scattered Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed, Faber

Short stories
Look Both Ways Jason Reynolds, Knights Of Media

Poetry/prose
Clouds Cannot Cover Us Jay Hulme, Troika Books
A Hurricane in my Head Matt Abbott, Bloomsbury Education
The Undefeated Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson, Andersen Press
The Missing Michael Rosen, Walker Books

Verse novels
Gloves Off Louisa Reid, Guppy Books
Run, Rebel Manjeet Mann, Penguin Books
Clap When You Land Elizabeth Acevedo, Hot Key Books

This year’s Empathy Day is on 10 June – make sure you put it in the diary! To find out more click here.

New employability programme provides support for local job seekers

A new programme has been launched across the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) region to support local people progress to job search readiness or move into paid employment.

The Making a Difference Programme is a three-year European Social Fund match funded programme delivering support to people living in the Coast to Capital region, which includes East Surrey, Sussex, and Croydon.

The programme, which will be delivered by Education Development Trust, has seen the first participants join. Each participant in the programme will receive support from their Making a Difference Employment Coach at regular intervals for up to four months, with the frequency of the intervention and the type of activities undertaken to be determined by agreement with their Employment Coach, tailored to their individual needs.

There are many different activities designed specifically to benefit the participant, from workshops covering CV’s and interview skills, through to taster days with local employers. In addition, there will be regular employment events, such as jobs fairs and roadshows showcasing different sectors, run across the region and open to all.

If you are interested in finding out more about the programme, please contact the Making a Difference team on 01329 559177, or email [email protected]

You can also follow the Making a Difference programme via Twitter at @employ_support and via Facebook @EmploySupport