Level 3 Nursery Practitioner

West Lodge Day Nursery is an Outstanding Day Nursery set within the beautiful grounds of West Lodge Farm Park. We are seeking a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner to join our incredible team.

This is a full time position working 38 hours across 4 days with 1 day off per week. Hours of working are 7.30am -6.00pm per day. Minimum starting salary £10.25 per hour.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated individual to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. The successful candidate will demonstrate a genuine passion for providing the highest standards in quality childcare – strong communication skills and team-working abilities are essential.

To find out more about this exciting position please email nursery@westlodgefarmpark.co.uk

Visiting us this Christmas? Please read on…

🎄Here are some top tips to make sure you have a magical day out with us.

🎄Arrive early! The time you have booked is the time you begin your Christmas Adventure. Please arrive at least half an hour before the time you have booked.

🎄You can arrive at the farm at any time from 9.30am and spend the whole day with us. There is so much going on from the moment you arrive.

🎄If you are planning on eating with us and haven’t booked a table please go to the restaurant as soon as you arrive and book – it gets very busy and we cannot always guarantee seating if you haven’t pre booked.

🎄Gingerbread decorating – is taking place in The Udder Place, we recommend going in early, it will get very busy after 2pm.

🎄Wrap up warm!

🎄Allow plenty of time to enjoy the day with us, there is so much going on as well as all of the Christmas Experience – make sure you take part in the Nativity, see the singing reindeer, visit the indoor play and experience the free barrel rides.

🎄We can’t wait to see you!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

2020 Vision

Well, since the last blog, a lot of water has passed under the bridge. We’ve had the wettest winter on record and very sadly, we’ve lost the farm parks patriarch, and my father, Tony. Dad had taken more  of a back seat on the farm park in the last few years due to his stroke however he still liked to keep abreast of what developments we were making. 

After posting my previous blog and Wilding wishes for the farm, I received a number of comments from my various members of the family;  Daughter: “Dad, ave you gone vegan”?  Brother: “Ed, are you a member of extinction rebellion”? And most ominously a text from my father saying “Ed we need to talk about wilding.” 

When my father said ‘talk’, it didn’t usually mean a conversation, more a composed lecture of his concerns with my decisions. And dad was concerned. As I mentioned in the last blog he had strived all through his life to make what was seen by many as an unfertile piece of land, to one that was productive and provide an income able to support a family. He was extremely successful at fulfilling his goals and he was concerned that all the work he had done in clearing and reclaiming the land was about to be undone by his youngest son!

Fortunately, I was able to convince him that not all the land he had converted to cropping was to be reverted back to nature, but a great deal of it was and that this was the best thing for the farm and really importantly it was going to be great for the land and environment.

There are many reasons which will come apparent in future blogs, but safe to say they mainly hinged on sustainability both environmentally (which I’m not sure gained much weight with him) but also commercially, which did, and I’m just glad to this day that he was contented by my reasoning.

Since the last blog we have had all of the cattle tested for TB and thankfully they were all clear. The coming weeks will be spent putting all of the cattle and sheep outside and bringing in the remaining pregnant ewes for lambing. We continue bottle feeding our cade lambs with myself, James and Ryan taking turns to do the night shift.

I hope to write the next blog sooner rather than later – keep popping back to the website or checking our facebook page for updates