Special Needs

At Sandfield Farm all are welcome. We appreciate that some of our visitors may have complex needs and take a very flexible approach to the day. Some groups come to Sandfield Farm with a specific learning goal, whilst others wish to take advantage of the space and the multi-sensory experience of the farm.

The farm has two all weather tracks which can be used by wheel chair users, a passenger trailer with a wheel chair ramp and a disabled toilet fitted with a 1.5 m length sized changing table. It is planned for a ceiling hoist to be in place for the summer of 2017. The classroom, which is a large indoor facility has ramp access.

Please do get in touch to discuss how your group can visit a real working farm and play wood at emma@sandfieldfarm.com

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Toilet Dimensions

Toilet Dimensions

Quiet Time

Quiet Time

Facilities

Facilities

Manual Adjustable Changing Bed 150x60 cm

Manual Adjustable Changing Bed 150x60 cm

Trailer Ramp for wheelchairs

Trailer Ramp for wheelchairs

Secure straps for wheelchairs

Secure straps for wheelchairs

FAQ

What to bring and wear:

Group Visits

  • Group Leaders are responsible for bringing a first aid trained member of staff, a first aid kit and any relevant medication. Farm hosts are also paediatric first aid trained and there is a first aid box in the classroom.
  • If applicable a snack and/or lunch boxes and a water bottle
  • All visitors must have either a sun hat or a winter hat
  • All visitors must have either a rain coat or a winter coat
  • If possible, visitors should have water proof trousers to keep out the wind, rain and mud. 
  • All visitors to wear suitable footwear, preferably wellies. It is highly recommended that all visitors wear wellies even in the summer. Wellies are useful if there are summer puddles, for walking through long grass, for avoiding stinging nettle stings and during pond dipping. 
  • It is highly recommended that children wear ‘play clothes’ to the farm and bring a spare set of clothes with them, including spare socks.
  • It is highly recommended that all visitors wear long sleeve tops and trousers. In the summer long sleeves and trousers reduce sun burn and stings from stingy nettles.
  • All visitors to bring sun cream in hot weather.
  • Some spare coats, hats and wellies are available on the farm, should any visitor forget to bring their own.

Birthday Party

  • At least two adults to attend the party. Farm hosts are paediatric first aid trained and there is a first aid box in the classroom.
  • Please be aware of any emergency numbers, allergies and relevant medication taken by ‘unaccompanied’ children at the party.
  • Please bring party food, birthday cake, candles, napkins and if applicable party bags. A cake knife and matches are available on the farm.
  • All visitors must have either a sun hat or a winter hat
  • All visitors must have either a rain coat or a winter coat
  • If possible, visitors should have water proof trousers to keep out the wind, rain and mud. 
  • All visitors to wear suitable footwear, preferably wellies. It is highly recommended that all visitors wear wellies even in the summer. Wellies are useful if there are summer puddles, for walking through long grass, for avoiding stinging nettle stings and during pond dipping. 
  • It is highly recommended that children wear ‘play clothes’ to the farm and bring a spare set of clothes with them, including spare socks.
  • It is highly recommended that all visitors wear long sleeve tops and trousers. In the summer long sleeves and trousers reduce sun burn and stings from stingy nettles.
  • All visitors to bring sun cream in hot weather.
  • Some spare coats, hats and wellies are available on the farm, should any visitor forget to bring their own.

Is there enough parking?

Outside the visitor room is a large car park with plenty of room for a coach. Sandfield Farm is at the end of Sandfield Lane and although it is single tracked, there are dedicated passing places.

What facilities do you have?

  • The large heated visitor room can comfortably accommodate a class of thirty children, with a separate seating and lunch area. For other events, up to sixty chairs can be arranged with a presentation area. Within the visitor room is a kitchen area which has a kettle, microwave, fridge and cooker.
  • There are three toilets, one of which is a disabled toilet with an adult sized changing table. A hoist will be available from summer 2017.
  • Wellie washing can be done at the hosepipe outside the visitor room and the handwashing trough can accommodate eight people at a time for a fast throughput of visitors.

What about Food and Drink?

All visitors need to bring any required food and drink. We have found that fresh air and exercise tends to increase the appetite. We don’t have domestic recycling facilities at the farm and so prefer visitors to take home their own rubbish. Drinking water is available in the kitchen area of the visitor room.

Do you have first aid?

For general group visits we expect group leaders to take responsibility for a first aider and first aid box. In the event of a birthday party, Emma is first aid trained and has a first aid box in the visitor room.

Are pets allowed?

Well behaved dogs are allowed on the farm with prior permission.

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