We offer several options for tiny tots at Valley Farm. If you would like your child to have a go at riding as a one off for a special treat, or if your child is horse mad and wants to be a future Olympian we have everything you need to get them started.
You could join our tots club, book a birthday party, book a shared private lesson or hack with Mum or Dad, or go for a walkout on the leading rein round the farm.
Non-riders may like a family visit to meet the animals and ponies and enjoy coffee and cake in our Camargue Café.
Valley Farm Tots Pony Club meets every Saturday and Sunday at 10.00am.
The children have a 30 minute lead rein riding lesson (led by a parent or older pony club member).
The 30 minute riding is followed by an optional 30 minute Pony Care session.
The 30 minute Pony Care session is a supervised guided learning lesson. During the guided learning time, the children discover all about ponies and work towards their mini achievement badges. (Pony Club membership required to receive mini achievement badges). There are Mini achievement badges in: Points of Tack, Grooming, Points of the Pony, Feed your Pony, Horse Clothing, Care of the Foot, Pony Behaviour, Poisonous Plants, Working Dogs, Farming, Road Sense and Birds. You do not need to attend sessions every week you can come along however often you like. Pre-booking is required.
One to one, 30 minute lessons
These can be arranged, during the week or at weekends. These are suitable for children 2-6 years old. We have miniature horses for the tiny tots and larger horses for the brave!
All the above lessons incorporate tuition in correct handling of the reins, steering, stopping, trotting and lead on to 1 hour lessons. The format of our lessons is fun based educational learning.
One to one, 30 minute walkouts
This may be a preferred option for children who are not yet ready for formal lessons. A walkout is a less formal way for your child to enjoy being on a horse, and is a great way to develop confidence around horses, and help establish the balance and vocabulary needed before moving onto lessons.
During half term's and school holidays we often have Pony Club Rallies where children can spend a whole morning or afternoon with us riding and learning all about ponies. See our events page for information about what is coming up.
Suffolk Quality Kitemark
Valley Farm has achieved the Suffolk Quality Kitemark. This is a nationally recognised quality assurance scheme. We have been awarded this for our good practice in ensuring that children in our care receive experiences to encourage their individual development through learning and play. Our instructors are qualified First Aiders and have carried out Child protection courses.
Valley Farm Tots Club aims are:
We are Ofsted registered. You may be able to use your Childcare Vouchers here. Our Ofsted registration number is VC374742
30 minute one to one lead rein lessons for 2-6 year olds - £32.00
30 minute lead rein class Saturdays or Sundays - £22.00
30 minute optional supervised pony care sessions after the Saturday/Sunday class - £6.00
Your child does not have to be a member of the Pony Club to take part in the above activities, however if they would like to earn their Pony Club achievement badges membership is required. Annual Enrolment payable to The Pony Club is £30. Membership forms are available from reception at Valley Farm. If you would like to find out more about the Pony Club, of which Valley Farm is an Approved Centre you can do so at www.pcuk.org. There is also more information about Pony Club for older children on our Pony Club page.