Social Story

“Collingwood Children’s Farm wishes to thank the Yarra City Council and AMAZE for their support in creating this social story for visiting the farm. We hope this social story will help visitors feel comfortable and excited about their trip to the farm. Schools and parents/carers can download before visiting the farm to prepare their students, children or friends for what they may experience throughout the day.”

My Visit to Collingwood Children’s Farm

We are going to the Collingwood Children’s Farm. It’s a real farm in the city. We will walk to the gate. I will stay close to my adult.

We will walk to the entrance. We will follow the metal dogs on the path.

We will buy a ticket at the entrance. There is a map on the wall that shows where the animals are. Farm animals move to different paddocks. This is so they have enough grass to eat.

There are farmers that look after the animals and plants here. I can ask them questions.

The farm smells. The animals’ wee and poo are left in the paddocks. This helps the grass grow. Sometimes the cow being milked in the barn will do a wee and poo. There is also a big compost heap which is very smelly. Compost is good for the vegetable garden.

At times we can go in with the animals. There is a rule that we follow at the farm with gates and farm animals. We must remember to close gates behind us. This keeps the animals safe.

There are three cats that live at the farm. It is their job to keep the mice and rats away from the farm animals’ food. They may not want a pat. I can wave and say ‘hello cat.

There are chooks, ducks, geese, peacocks and other birds around the farm. Their job is to keep the bugs off the gardens and lay eggs. Some chooks will be inside their coop behind a fence. Some will be outside, and may walk near me. I can slowly walk away if I don’t want them too close. They all sleep inside their coops at night.

The goats are friendly. Sometimes you can go into the paddock and pat them. You can pat them through the fence if you don’t want them too close.

There are sheep at the farm. In spring there will be lambs.

There are horses on the farm. They like a pat on the nose and neck! Always ask a farmer which horses like pats the most.

One of the cows at the farm is brushed and milked twice a day. I can brush her where the farmers say is the best spot. There are calves at the farm too. Cows can make a loud ‘moo’ sound – it’s just them telling us something.

We can visit the pigs. I might see a pig rolling in mud. They like to be left alone. I can look at the pigs and take photos. I can say ‘hello pig.’

There are guinea pigs at the farm. I can sit with other kids and pat them. I will wait my turn and be very, very quiet. The guinea pigs like soft pats and gentle touching. While I wait for my turn I could practise soft pats using my own hands.

I will stay close to my adult when at the farm. There will be farmers working. There may also be tractors on the paths and in the paddocks.

There is a big shed called a workshop. This is where the tractor and tools live. This area is only for the farmers. I can look from the gate. There may be loud noises coming from the shed. I can tell my adult if it’s too noisy.

There are toilets at the farm. I will tell my adult if I need the toilet. These are old toilets. They don’t have a seat.

There are tables to sit at and have a snack. There are bins to put the rubbish in. The animals are happy when the farm is clean.

Goodbye Collingwood Children’s Farm. I had fun!

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