For over twenty years, Follyfoot Farm has provided children with an enriched leaning environment, saturated in experiences that promote maximum growth for each child in its beautiful natural surroundings. Our purpose-built sister Service at Follyfoot Farm Juniors caters for children from 0-3 years, with our original Follyfoot Farm Service catering exclusively for children aged 3-5 years. Both Services provide the same high quality education and care, with a shared vision and philosophy.
Emily Fleming and Sarah Morrison are the appointed Service Managers at Follyfoot Farm and Follyfoot Farm Juniors and together bring many years of commitment and experience in Early Learning. Emily and Sarah are supported by a team of 50 Teaching Practitioners and Educators across both Follyfoot Farm and Follyfoot Farm Juniors, offering a total of 187 spaces for children. Located in a very pretty tree-lined rural road, the Services are 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.
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.
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Hi, my name is Emily and I’m the Service Manager at Follyfoot Farm. My passion for Early Childhood Education and care began back in 2008 when I completed my Bachelor of Teaching and Masters in Early Childhood Education. During this time, I was employed as the Centre Director of a not-for-profit Service in Sydney, building a strong community with the families and school for over 10 years. After having my son, Tobias, my partner and I made the decision to move to the Central Coast to be closer to our families and provide a better lifestyle for us all.
Follyfoot Farm to me is a unique and beautiful community which I am proud to be a part of. My greatest fulfillment will be connecting our children to nature, using the outdoors as a second teacher and incorporating risky play into daily experiences. The confidence and sense of self-belief in children’s own decision making is so valuable. I love that we have the resources and passion to educate our children about the environment, sustainable practices and caring for all living things through our ‘hands on’ community garden project and the farm. This exclusive preschool Service provides an environment where play and nature pedagogy foster children’s learning by allowing endless opportunities to explore, problem solve, experiment and investigate, helping them to reach their full potential.
I have worked predominantly in preschool/school readiness programs, as well as being a Primary School Teacher. I look forward to engaging our children in an environment that fosters their strengths, builds confidence and prepares them for their schooling years and lifelong learning. My dream and vision is to ensure Follyfoot Farm and Juniors are very much interconnected, where siblings see each other daily at the farm and in each other’s classrooms.
My highly passionate team of Educators are the heart and soul of Follyfoot Farm and, therefore, motivating and supporting them is of extreme importance to me. The continuity of our Educators is something we are very proud of, and the fact that many have been employed at 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 the door feels a connection to our Service and 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.
As a child I always knew I wanted to work with young children. My dream became a reality the day I walked through the doors of Follyfoot Farm as an early childhood educator when I was eighteen years old. I have been with Follyfoot Farm for over 19 years’ and the passion and love I have for my job continues to grow.
After completing my Diploma in Childhood teaching in 2017, I was soon given the opportunity to work alongside the Service Manager of Follyfoot Farm as 2IC. This opportunity has allowed me to continue to care and nurture our beautiful Follyfoot Farm Families from an administrative position, as well as being actively involved with the everyday care within the Service. It had also allowed me to create a holistic and diverse working environment for my colleagues, and Families.
Follyfoot Farm is my second home and I have loved watching how it has evolved and grown over the years. Seeing children I once cared for now working alongside me at Follyfoot Farm makes me smile.
We are so blessed to have such an incredible outdoor environment that allows the children to be completely involved in all it has to offer. Some of my favourite memories have been made here, and shared with some of the most beautiful children and Families.
I am blessed by being a mum to two babies, my now 11 year twins Remi and Darci.
Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends as well as my 4 fur babies.
We have a dedicated and passionate team who put their hearts and soul into their jobs every day. I am proud to manage such a diverse, inclusive and caring team.
I endeavour to ensure quality care and education of children for many years to come and welcome you to visit us here at Follyfoot Farm Juniors.
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