Friends of the feathered, furry and four-legged kind are being welcomed to a Horsham nursery which is believed to be the first ‘Farm School’ in Sussex - according to its manager.
Little Barn Owls Day Nursery opened its newly renovated premises, at Moat House Farm, on October 1 following the termination of their previous lease.
Managing director Hayley Peacock told the County Times the farm school had been driven by an educational ethos based on a self-guided curriculum from Northern Italy called ‘Reggio Emilia’.
She said: “It’s project-based learning which is creative and about their own risk management. No one else in Horsham is doing it.
“We want to show them their abstract way of thinking is as possible as anything an adult would theorise, and because the animals are alive they provide an endless pot of learning.
“It’s truly unique,” she added.
The nursery is working in partnership with Holmbush Farm World in Faygate which has donated some of the animals.
The children have been looking after rabbits and guinea pigs with ex-battery hens arriving by the end of the week. Around 30 calves are expected to be born in November and they will also hatch their own chicks in the Spring.
Sonia Etheridge, outdoor learning co-ordinator, said: “It’s amazing. A lot of the children don’t have pets at home so it’s such a great opportunity for them. Seeing their confidence grow has been an eye-opener.”
The children also have an art studio with full time ‘Atelierista’ Catherine Grimaldi where the children enjoy wire work, clay, lighting, woodwork, sewing, textiles and more.
The nursery is holding an open day on Saturday, October 13. For more information visit www.littlebarnowls.co.uk