Follyfoot Farm

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Overview

Follyfoot Farm by Busy Bees is located in a very pretty tree-lined rural road. It is situated on three lush acres with easy access to local residents and commuters travelling along Enterprise Dr, Fountaindale. We are licensed to operate 5 days a week for 52 weeks a year. We provide services to 106 children per day from 6 weeks to 6 years of age.  We have 5 rooms allowing for small age-appropriate groupings of children.  A total of 41 Educators provide education and care to the children across the week, whilst our two farmers ensure our physical environment is maintained to the highest standard.

For over twenty years Follyfoot Farm has provided children with an enriched learning environment, saturated in learning experiences that promote maximum growth for each child in enjoyable surroundings.

At Follyfoot Farm a passionate team of Educators come together to create a Service environment that emphasises values of respect, kindness, empathy and connection. These values are primarily fostered through access to our unique farmyard setting.

The children are offered opportunities to feed our animals and help look after their habitats on a daily basis. It is considered important that all children are provided the opportunity to participate in the care of the service animals and the platform this provides for developing their social awareness is limitless.

At Follyfoot Farm we recognise that It’s not just about caring for the animals, but caring for their habitats also. The children at our Service help to maintain the animals homes and enclosures, and as they do so they are learning about the impact human activity has on the natural world. This is an important value to embed in young children, it is the crux of sustainability. What better way to impart such a value than caring for animals and the spaces within which they live?

The responsibility which is placed on the children to help care for and maintain the animals and their environments, allows the children to develop a sense of autonomy. They are learning skills which promote independence. This expectation also encourages a sense of ownership over the service community which builds confidence and belonging to the environment.

We would love to have you join our Follyfoot Farm by Busy Bees family.

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Service Manager

Michelle Bakker

First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge the valuable role each family has in supporting their child’s development, by introducing my most important role as a mother to my two beautiful children; Axle and Ruby.

I was fortunate enough to discover my passion for early childhood education and care early on and completed a Diploma in Children's Services and a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education straight out of school. Since completing my Bachelor of Education, I now have over 12-years’ experience working in a range of primary schools and early childhood services across the Central Coast.  

Follyfoot Farm has been my home away from home for the past 8 years. It is a service I am extremely proud of and take great satisfaction in seeing my shared vision and philosophy come to life each day. Follyfoot Farm is a learning community where play and nature pedagogy fosters children's learning by providing endless opportunities for them to explore, problem solve, experiment, investigate and reach their full potential.

I am a true believer that every child is capable, competent and resourceful in their learning when engaged in an environment that promotes their strengths and encourages them to challenge the ideas put before them, simply by believing that the world can be anything they want it to be.

I have a passion and a drive to inspire and motivate educators to teach our children the importance of play and understanding of their natural environment. I believe in the importance of scaffolding children's understanding of sustainable living practices and encouraging their connection with the wonders of nature.

My highly passionate team of educators are the heart and soul of Follyfoot Farm. The continuity of our educators is something we are very proud of and the fact that many of them have been employed by Follyfoot Farm for well over 15 years is testament to the happy working environment provided by the service. As a team, we strive to ensure that each person who walks through our door feels a connection to our service and a sense of belonging to the space. We endeavour to provide a service where feedback and open communication is encouraged and valued.

I welcome you to drop in at any time to find out more about our Service and the high-quality education and care we offer.

Offerings

Learning Spaces

Explorers (Birth - 18 months)

Nurturing responsive relationships are our primary focus for our nursery children.

Discoverers (1-2 years)

Your child's keen sense of discovery is supported through the creation of fun environments that ignite their curiosities.

Adventurers (2-3 years)

Your toddler will be encouraged to explore to build resilience, vital social skills and independence in our purpose built environments.

Collaborators (3-4 years)

Your toddler will be encouraged to explore to build resilience, vital social skills and independence in our purpose built environments.

Researchers (4-5 years)

Teaching Practitioners develop a stimulating approach to learning by supporting the children with an educational program that is challenging, insightful, consultative, giving them a head start as they prepare for school.

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Contact

Phone (02) 4362 3373
Email manager@follyfootfarm.busybees.edu.au
Address 98-112, Old Chittaway Road, Fountaindale, NSW 2258
Hours

Monday: 6:30am - 6.30pm

Tuesday: 6:30am - 6.30pm

Wednesday: 6:30am - 6.30pm

Thursday: 6:30am - 6.30pm

Friday: 6:30am - 6.30pm