Dear Teachers, Parents and Carers…
With the decision to close all schools, we’ve been thinking about all the children and young people in rural areas who will be spending longer periods on their farm than normal and who may even be called upon to help if family, friends or neighbours are older, vulnerable or have contracted coronavirus COVID-19.
As a charity set up to look after the physical and mental well-being of the next generation of farmers, the Farm Safety Foundation has teamed up with the HSENI to give you some safety reminders to ensure you give yourself the best chance of staying safe, working well and making sure your children will return to school happy and safely when the time comes.
Our brand new 8 page booklet Staying Safe on the Farm – A Guide for Parents can be downloaded here
Can I urge you to read and share with those you care about. We are also working closely with our friends at HSENI to share some of their resources to ensure children are being entertained and educated so far as possible.
You know that Primary School children undertake part of the curriculum called “the world around us” and farm safety could be one component of this. There is a wealth of information and guidance on child safety and we would like to share this with you so, please visit the following link to access this guidance – CLICK HERE.
There are multiple resources available for both Key Stage 1 and KS 2 children, their parents and teachers including colouring pages, a word search and two videos “Dangerous Playground” for children aged 4 – 8 years and “Farm Safe” for children aged 8 – 11.There is also a farm safety app “Farm Secure” which can be downloaded to a mobile phone or other mobile device, you can get this through the same link.
We don’t know how long this will last and our wonderful NHS workers are already feeling the strain of dealing with the spread of COVID19. We need to take responsibility for our own safety and the safety of our loved ones and not risk any of us having a farm accident that will add to a workforce already under pressure.
They are working hard to keep us safe, the least we can do is farm safe for them!