Wild KIDZ Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the scheme take place?
The scheme will take place at Animal Edge Farm, Steppingley Road, Millbrook, Bedfordshire MK45 2HZ. The nearest towns are Flitwick and Ampthill.
All activities will take place in our Bell Tented farm camp, around the farm with the animals and in the natural areas on the farm's land including woodland.
How long are the sessions?
Each day runs from 10am until 2.30pm. Registration and drop off each day is open from 9.50am. There will be periodic breaks throughout the day and a half hour lunch break.
For each age group, the scheme runs for two days. Children and young people allocated a place are expected to attend both days of the scheme.
Which session can my child attend?
Your child will be allocated a place on the scheme dates which match their age group.
Can I choose which dates my child attends the course?
Your child will be offered a place on the scheme dates which match their age. For instance, if your child is 8 they will be offered a place on the sessions for 7-9 year olds on 26th - 27th July. Our sessions are split by age to ensure that we can adapt our activities to each child's developmental stage and ability.
Does my child have to attend the scheme for two days or can they just do one day?
Our scheme is two days long for each age group. The intention is that they attend both days of the scheme. Some activities will start on day one and culminate on day two.
How much does this course cost?
This course is funded by Bedford Borough Council and is free to children and young people with SEND who live within the Council's district.
How many places will be available for each age group?
There are 8 places per session.
Are siblings allowed to attend the same session?
If the siblings are close in age and fit within the same age bracket they will automatically be placed together. If they are close in age but straddle two age brackets, we may be able to accommodate them on the same course. However, this will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Are refreshments included?
Refreshments including drinks and snacks will be provided during break times. There is space in the application form to notify us of any dietary requirements. Our refreshments will reflect the dietary needs of the young people in each group.
We do not provide lunch, therefore your child should bring a packed lunch with them on each day of the scheme.
Water will be available throughout the day, please ensure your child brings a water bottle.
Are children with physical disabilities able to access your site and take part in your activities?
Our schemes are accessible to all children and young people with SEND living in the Bedford Borough. Our scheme is based on a farm and therefore the terrain is uneven but on one level with wheelchair accessible gates. Activities will be set up around a main camp setting not far from the main site car park. If a child is unable to access other activities around the farm due to mobility, we can make provisions to ensure that animals and activities are brought to the children so they are included.
What activities will you be running?
Our activities involve small farm animals and horses, crafts, games, nature activities and cooking. Mindful and sensory activities will be incorporated into the day. Most activities will take place on site on the farm or in the adjacent woodland area. All activities are age appropriate and will be risk assessed. if you would like to see any of our risk assessments relating to our proposed activities, please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
What animals will my child have access to during the sessions?
We will work with horses, goats, pigs, sheep, guinea pigs, rabbits, donkeys, chicken and ducks.
Who are Stable and Wild?
Stable & Wild, has been a catalyst for change in young people’s lives for more than 16 years (previously as The Seeds of Change) .
We believe that horses, small animals and the outdoors offer a supportive and engaging environment that provide a natural way to learn and grow.
Remaining true to our core values we are constantly developing and evolving our bespoke programmes to build more resilient, confident and curious young people who can cope with the challenges that life throws at them and have the tools to manage those. Look through our website to find out more about how we support young people.
Do your staff have experience of working with children and young people with SEND?
Yes, our team works with and supports CYP with SEND on a daily basis.
What is Stable and Wild's policy around safeguarding children in your care?
Please find our child safeguarding policy here.
Are the staff DBS checked?
Yes, all staff on site throughout each course will have up to date DBS certificates.
Are your staff first aid trained?
Yes, we will ensure that there is at least one first aid trained member of staff on site at all times.
My child requires medication. Are you able to administer medication during session times?
Our staff are able to administer medication to children as long as parents or carers have completed and submitted our medical form prior to attending the the scheme. On arrival at registration, the parent or carer will be able to hand in any medication to our team for storage and will sign a form to confirm arrangements. Medication should be taken home at the end of each day and signed in at registration on any subsequent days that it is required by the child.
What should my child bring with them?
A kit list will be sent to all parents or carers once they are notified of their place. This kit list will include information regarding what to wear and what to bring. Essentials include: clothing for outdoor activities in line with predicted weather conditions, wellies or walking boots, sun hat, waterproof coat, suncream and water bottle.
Will the activities take place outdoors?
All of our activities will take place outside, with short periods in a bell tent, so please ensure that your child dresses accordingly for the farm environment and seasonal weather conditions. Please refer to our kit list which you will receive if you have been allocated a place on a scheme.
When will i be notified that i have been allocated a place?
We will endeavor to notify you within a week of applying for a place on our scheme.
I have missed out on a place. Will i be placed on a waiting list?
If you have not been able to secure a place on our scheme for your child, you will be automatically placed on a waiting list. If a place becomes free, we will contact you to see if you would like to accept the place. Places will be offered on a first come first serve basis.
If we have not been able to answer your question here, please do get in touch and we will be able to help you. Contact our team by phone on 01234 881 871 or by email on email@example.com