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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/

Menstrual Guide Book Launched For Girls

Education around periods is still woefully lacking worldwide, especially for young girls at the very brink of puberty, confused about all the new changes happening to their bodies and minds.

To help educate and empower women of all ages and remove the stigma surrounding menstruation, INTIMINA has launched a book for young girls that have just entered or are to enter womanhood.

INTIMINA’s “The Wonder Girls Guide Book” aims to strike up a conversation about an entirely normal part of growing up. The book is created for ages eight to twelve and it tells the stories of trials and tribulations strong young women experience because of their changing, growing bodies.

Each story, whose main characters are introduced through vivid and colourful illustrations by budding artist and designer, Antonija Bačić, provides both the situational learning experience and information about menstruation with practical advice on how to avert unpleasant situations.

The book is available here.

  • Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November 2020
  • 9am to 5pm on 21st and 9am to 4pm on 22nd
  • South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex

The South of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce that its ever-popular Winter Fair will return to the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex, on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November 2020.

The Society and it’s Showground have been deemed ‘Good to Go’ by Visit England and so the weekend event, will run from 9am – 5pm on 21st and 9am – 4pm on 22nd November all within government guidelines to ensure the safety of all visitors. With this in mind, certain elements of the Winter Fair will vary to adhere to Covid-19 safety measures. However, firm favourites remain, and the event will offer the perfect opportunity to get the Christmas preparations sorted whilst enjoying a festive family day out.

Visitors can shop till they drop with a plethora of artisan goodies from local, independent traders. For food and drink lovers, there’s mouth-watering gin liqueurs, homemade jams and chutneys, gourmet pies, cheeses, wines and handmade Christmas puddings and chocolates.
For those looking for unique gifts and stocking fillers there’s everything from wooden toys, artwork, jewellery, lovingly produced leather and cashmere fashion, to natural soap, grooming gift sets, stunning home accessories, Christmas decorations and more.

It’s not just about the shopping though; families are sure to enjoy the live music, festive entertainment, and of course the traditional funfair.

For the protection of everyone at the event, tickets to the Winter Fair 2020 will be limited and should be booked here before arrival to ensure entry, and to avoid queues. Tickets are available from seas.org.uk and cost £6.75 for adults and £5.85 for senior citizens/students (inclusive of 10% online discount until 20.11.20). Under 16s go free.

Surrey residents are being asked to help their local bin crews as they deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on waste and recycling collections.

Waste tonnages have already started to increase and while most services are currently operating as normal, they could be reduced if staff sickness increases because of the virus.

Residents can help in lots of ways including making sure their bin lids are able to firmly close, compacting recycling, only putting bins out when full, reducing waste as much as possible and not buying too much food.

The advice on how residents can help is being regularly updated on the Surrey Environment Partnership website. The site also features public health guidance for people who are self-isolating with symptoms of coronavirus to explain what they should do with personal waste such as tissues and cleaning cloths. They should place these items into a rubbish bag placed inside another bag, tie it securely, keep it inside for 72 hours and then disposing of it in the usual way.

Below is the full list of ways residents can help their bin crew:

Help bin crews operate

  • Due to reduced traffic, usual collection times may change. Bins should be put out early and left out until they’ve been emptied.
  • Residents should be considerate when parking cars on a collection day to help ensure collection vehicles can access roads.
  • Bin lids should be firmly closed to help prevent crews unnecessarily touching them.
  • Residents should wash their hands before and after touching bins.
  • Waste should be compacted into bins as much as possible to maximise space and bins should only be put out when they are full.
  • Bin crews are working hard to keep this essential service going during this difficult time and their moral would be boosted if residents let them know they are appreciated with a wave or a smile.

Recycle right and reduce waste

  • The right items should be put in the right bins. The Surrey Recycles search tool can help residents find out what goes where. It can also be downloaded as an app – search for ‘Surrey Recycles’.
  • Waste should be reduced as much as possible. There are tips on how to reduce waste on the SEP website.
  • Residents should buy only what food they need and should freeze it if it can’t be eaten before the use by date. Leftovers should be used rather than thrown away. The SEP website features many leftovers recipes.
  • Start composting at home. Compost bins can be bought at a reduced rate or for those wanting to compost all their food waste, food waste digesters are also available.
  • Surrey’s community recycling centres (CRCs) are currently closed until further notice due to the Government’s decision to restrict all but non-essential movement. Residents should not put waste that may have taken to a CRC in household bins as it may overwhelm collection services. If having a clear-out while at home, hold on to waste as much as possible until normal service resumes.

Fly-tipping

While options for disposing of waste are reduced, residents should remember that fly-tipping is against the law and those convicted face fines of up to £50,000 or up to five years’ imprisonment as well as other potential penalties.

The latest information on how residents can help can be found on the Surrey Environment Partnership website.

For the second year running pupils from Dunottar School, in Reigate, have won the Robot Performance Award, at the First Lego League Regional tournament in London.

This will see the team compete at the National tournament in Bristol this February.

This second-year win is testament to the inspirational computer science teaching at Dunottar, the success of the school’s Robotics Club and focus on ensuring pupils are gaining the digital skills that employers and government say are vital.

First Lego League is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students, aged 9-16 years. It aims to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The students are challenged to work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous Lego robot to solve a series of missions.

On Saturday 25th January, two teams representing Dunottar School competed against 18 teams at the Regional Tournament at Queen Mary University in London. One of the teams, Dunottar Rock Sliders, won the Robotics Performance Award for the highest points on the robotics round. They also won the Championship Runners Up Award which reflected their core values working as a team and their innovative project design.

I’m so proud of the pupils, they came up with a fantastic concept and worked seamlessly as a team to create innovative solutions”.  Sally Berry – Head of Computer Science

Headmaster Mr Tottman added: We are keenly aware of the importance of technical innovation, not only in the classroom but also in the work-place. It’s our ongoing ambition to ensure all our pupils are taught the digital and computing skills they need to be work-ready”.

Sleep – it’s one of the most important ingredients for creating happy, healthy and thriving children. Unfortunately, many children simply don’t get enough of it.

The NHS guidelines state children aged four years old should have 11.5 hours a night, 11 hours when they are five and then reducing by roughly 15 minutes per year. Between the ages of 14 and 16 they should be getting at least nine hours a night.

Does your child get the recommended amount of sleep? If not, this may be affecting their ability to learn, cope with life, energy levels and general emotional and physical wellbeing. Unfortunately, school holidays, clock changes, worries and lifestyles often conspire against healthy sleep patterns. So how can we help our children get the rest they need?

Children’s health and wellbeing charity the Sunflower Trust has put together some practical tips and advice to help:

Simple changes to the bedtime routine and bedroom environment can help to increase the amount of sleep your child gets. Here are some top tips for creating good sleep hygiene:

  • Keep screens out of bedrooms and stop screen usage an hour before bedtime.
  • Try some breathing exercises together as part of the bedtime routine.
  • Enjoy a story or a calm board or card game in the run-up to bedtime.
  • Set aside time to chat about their day before bed – for anxious children this can be a time to talk about worries, write them down and ‘put them away’ for the night. Finish this with some positive thoughts.
  • Try to keep bedtimes the same during school holidays/weekends as much as possible. Late nights can disrupt the sleep pattern for days.
  • Ensure the bedroom is tidy, cool and as dark and quiet as possible

It’s also important to be mindful of what food you offer your child as a bedtime snack – especially if they struggle to sleep. Foods that work well include:

  • Bananas – as they contain tryptophan, which helps induce sleep
  • Chicken or turkey also contain tryptophan
  • Oily fish – this contains B6 and essential fatty acids that will assist sleep
  • Foods that contain melatonin, including cherries, tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli, olives, grapes
  • Grains eg rice, rolled oats, barley
  • Nuts and seeds

If you would like to learn more about sleep and child health issues, or you feel your child needs support, contact the Sunflower Trust: 01483 531498.
Email: [email protected], website: www.sunflowertrust.com