with the below that for environmental health reasons need to stay on the farm. If you use hours over and above your funded hours then we ask for a small £50 contribution.
- Spring/Autumn Waterproof Coat and Trousers
- Winter Fleece Lined Waterproof Coat and Trousers
- A fleece
- Wellington Boots
All of the below list is to be put in a child size back pack
2 x pairs of thin socks 2 x pair of thick socks 2 x Underpants 2 x T-Shirts 2 x Jumpers/ Fleeces 2 x Trousers (not jeans) Thermal Top & Bottoms (Winter Only) 1 x Winter or Summer Hat Sunscreen (Summer only) 1 x Wet bag (to put wet clothing in) 4 x Nappies and wipes if applicable (a charge of £1 if not provided)
Dressing appropriately is essential especially in Winter. The more layers worn the warmer your child is and the more they will enjoy their time with us.
The base layer is worn closest to the skin. It needs to work with the body’s natural thermal regulation . The role of the base layer is to wick away sweat from the skin. Merino wool is the best material for a base layer. Avoid cotton/cotton blends as it retains moisture and dries slowly.
Gloves – Mitts keep your child’s hands warmer but aren’t as practical. To avoid losing gloves attach them together with string and thread through the child’s mid layer arms.
Hats & Neck Warmers – A fleece neck warmer helps keep the heat in as does a fleece lined hat!
The mid-layer’s purpose is to retain the body’s natural heat, while still being breathable. Mid layers are anything between the base layers and the outer layers. Normal clothes can be considered part of the mid-layers, but generally we’re talking about things such as a fleece, which provide an additional layer of insulation. Adjust the number of layers on top so that they are appropriate for the weather conditions. The colder it is the more mid layers required! Please NO JEANS/DENIM as they retain no heat
To avoid cold feet your child should wear a thin pair of "wicking" liner socks next to the skin and a heavier pair atop them. The liner socks remove perspiration that helps cause cold feet and quickly transfers it to the heavier outer socks.
Not only do we recommend that you apply high factor sunscreen to your child before coming to the farm we also suggest that you apply insect repellent (preferably one that contains a concentration of DEET), this is in order to try to deter horseflies, mosquitos and ticks from biting your child.
Any sort of peaked cap will do, but in order to protect your child as much as possible we recommend hats where the material has UV50+ protection factor, with a peak and a back brim that keeps the neck out of the sun.
Make sure you dress your little one in cool, comfortable clothing. Light coloured cotton is the best option and will allow sweat to evaporate. Please ensure that all tops worn cover your child’s shoulders too as they are one of the first parts of the body to catch the sun.
In order to avoid injuries to toes please make sure that your child wears secure closed toe shoes/trainers to the farm. This means no sandals, crocs or croc like shoes as when running around the rough ground on the farm they easily fall off.