We make every endeavour to ensure that the City Farm is a safe and enjoyable place for children. Please be aware that it is a working farm and that there may be risks from tools, animals or gardening activities. The safety of children remains the responsibility of their parents or carers (unless they are signed into a session in the nursery). Children under 12 should always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
If you do become separated from your child, please inform staff swiftly – we are trained and well-practised in helping you to find them.
To help keep you safe you should know that even clean and healthy animals can carry diseases that can be transferred to humans. Fortunately it’s easy to reduce the risks by following some simple rules:
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you have touched animals, fences or other surfaces in animal areas, especially before eating.
- Don’t use gels or wipes instead of soap and water – they don’t work on E. Coli found in dirt.
- Never eat, drink or smoke in areas where there are animals (this includes sweets and snacks). Use the picnic area or the café (after washing your hands).
- Never eat anything that has fallen on the floor.
- Never kiss animals or allow children to put their faces close to animals.
- Supervise children and vulnerable adults in your care closely to ensure that they wash their hands thoroughly
- If you are pregnant you should take extra care to avoid animal contact and thoroughly wash your hands before eating and after your visit.
If you are interested to know more about the types of diseases that animals can carry follow the links below:
Federation of City Farm and Community Gardens and in particular this leaflet
Health and Safety Executive guidance
Specific guidance for teachers
Industry code of practice for visitor attractions with animals
Health Protection Agency