Our fieldtrip to Dodford Children’s Farm – 9th March 2022

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On a sunny and fresh spring day staff and students from the Early Childhood Education and Care undergraduate programme and the Early Years Foundation Degree at Newman University went on a field trip to Dodford Children’s Farm in the Worcestershire countryside.

Dodford poster

The day was arranged to provide the students with an opportunity to put theory into practice in respect of two first year modules which explore why play matters and international approaches to delivering early childhood provision. The day’s activities included some free time in the morning where the students were encouraged to explore what the farm had to offer in terms of play opportunities which resulted in some hill rolling, mud kitchen play and tree swing fun. The students then engaged in a discussion where they were encouraged to reflect and share their play experiences before they were treated to a pizza, chips and a pudding lunch.

Student standing in water

In the afternoon there were some more structured activities where the student experienced bug hunting, pond dipping and the day finished with storytelling around a fire pit with marshmallows for toasting and a final opportunity for some reflections.

'70 things you can do in Dodford before you are 9' poster

The day was a big success and there was lots of laughter, some invaluable opportunities for reflections on theory/practice and the students were able to bond as a group and create some lasting memories.
– Mark Cronin, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Care –


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