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20 August 2018

Jobs Vacancy News & Updates

Two Job Opportunities at ADO & Updates

ADO have extended the application deadline for The Teaching Manager role required at our ADO Mini-Explorers until August 31st. We had filled this role, but due to circumstances beyond our control, this role is now available again. We also have a new Outdoor Sports Educator Apprenticeship available up for grabs.

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09 August 2018

Social Farms and Gardens

ADO Join SFG

ADO are pleased to have been accepted as members of Social Farms and Gardens. SFG is the result of a merger between the Federation of City Farms (FCFCG) and Community Gardens and Care Farming UK (CFUK). They joined together to better support and represent the farmers, gardeners and growers who run life-changing projects in our urban and rural communities.

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02 August 2018

Talking Tails Project

Getting Our Thinking Caps On

ADO and Greenwich MENCAP have succesfully applied in a partnership bid to raise funding over £15,000 for a project we have called 'Talking Tails', which will be delivered in the new school year from September, for the direct benefit of Greenwich Schools

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01 August 2018

10 out of 10 for Corey

Inspirational Corey

ADO Senior Manager, Kate O'Brien concluded a fantastic year for our Jack Petchey Award Winners, with our tenth achiever, Corey Nicoll.

Kate reported, "Corey attends a local secondary school, and his friends are currently doing their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering with us. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Corey did not have the ability to carry out the full expeditions but did want to do the volunteering with his friends."

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13 July 2018

Give Your Children Hope

Early Years Get A Head Start with ADO

Choosing a Preschool Nursery is never an easy job for parents-carers, with so many options and factors in the mix before you even start to narrow down the alternatives. Here at ADO, our job is to prepare the early years children for reception and primary school and to give them the best possible start before embarking on their new school learning 'career'. The transition period for those children can be a real test of character and the better they are prepared, the easier they will fit into their new school. With the school year closing soon and the children at the Mini-Explorers looking forward to their leaving ceremony, it will be sad for the staff to say their goodbyes to those children they have been so close to during this school year. Although there will be probably not be a dry eye when their Teddy Bear's picnic and leaving ceremoney ends, the staff know that the children will be well prepared for the next exciting chapter in their life.

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10 July 2018

Co-Op Fund Update

Co-op Supporting Early Years

We are pleased to announce that the Co-op local cause community fund has just paid ADO a second payment of £357, bringing the total to £716.38 to be precise! There is still one final payment to come around October-November time, so we are hoping we can hit the £1000 mark.

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Need Help With Organising Your Party?

You Have Come To The Right PlaceHelp!!

Its stressful enough trying to organise an event, without quite knowing where to start! Thankfully help is at hand. We have been there and got the T-shirt when it comes to organising Animal Parties and hopefully this logical practical approach will help your decision making and ensure your event a fantastic success.

So I will hand you over to Melissa (on the right), our imaginary party organiser who has all the questions!

♦ Where Shall I Hold The Party?

We take the hassle away by offering our own venues for parties. We hold all our parties at The Healthcare and Education Centre, Poets Corner, Welling DA16 3NB. Its a 6.4 acre woodland site, with all the venue hire facilities you need to make your party a success. We take away the pain of you having to hire a venue, as our prices are all inclusive. You just turn up and we will have everything ready to rock 'n' roll for you. We can also offer an alternative party venue at our partner site in Bexley, next to the ADO Mini-Explorers Garden. ADO no longer provide mobile party services, so we won't visit home venues or third party hire venues anymore. 

♦ How Long Should the Party Be?

For a children's party, do you really want it to go on longer than 2 hours!! Most parents look for 2 hour options, which is what we specialise in. We offer 1 hour of animals, 30 minutes break where you can serve food and then a final 30 minutes of further animals or activities. For the older children or adults, the 2 hour option works well with at least 12 animals involved. If you want a 2 hour party for younger children (7 years and younger) we can provide an hour of animals and then finish with activities and games if they are too young to concentrate for longer.

♦ What Ages Do You Cater For?

 We cover all age groups from 1 to 100. We adapt and deliver our parties across all age groups. The animals don't care how old somebody is!!

♦ What Animals Can You Bring?

We bring at least 12 animals. We have a large selection to choose from, over 50 species! Once you have confirmed your booking, you can select from a list of animals and we can guide you to help choose them. We now that certain combinations of animals work for a particular age group and numbers.

♦ Can We Hold The Animals and Will They Bite?

If we get asked 'Will They Bite' one more time!!..........All animals can bite (except worms maybe), but our animals have been trained and socialised and are experienced to nearly every situation. Our animals are handled regularly and are perfectly fine with being handled. Our staff will instruct all your guests on how to hold them properly and safely. We can bring along a selection of animals that suit the age groups and numbers attending in a safe and controlled situation.

♦ Anything Else I Should Know?

Importantly we are not your average animal bloke who brings along a few of his pets! Our animals are our work colleagues and are properly cared for in a professional environment with our trained staff. We send at least two members of staff to your party and have all the correct legal cover including public liability, animal handling licensing and an animal travel license. We don't mess around, we are a professional organisation, not one man and his dog.

♦ What's Next Then? How Do I Book You?

First and foremost you need to book your preferred time and date. We get busy at weekends, so don't leave it to the last moment. On average, we book nearly a month in advance, sometimes more during peak times. Check our Online Customer Booking Calendar for a free space and then complete our Online Booking Form. Just complete as much detail as possible and we will be in touch. If you are not one of those comfortable with doing everything on a computer, give the office a ring and speak to a member of staff who can help you. We can't do anything unless the date and time are confirmed and is free to book. 

♦ Once I Have Booked, What's the Next Steps

To secure your date and to make sure you don't lose it, we ask for a deposit of 50% within 48 hours of booking. Once its booked into our events calendar and the deposit has been paid, you can be sure you won't lose the date. We can then work out the finer details and work through the options. We normally contact you 7-10 days before the party to make sure everything is still on course and that none of the details have changed. Final payment of the party is due 7 days prior to the party day.

♦ I've Heard You Can Arrange Invites and Party Bags

Organising invites and party bags can be a right pain, when you already have so much to do. Yes, we can provide you with some A5 standard animal-themed invites where all you have to do is write the name of your guests. We can provide Sweet Cones or our Party Bags are great value too and packed with animal and wildlife themed gifts and sweets. 

♦ Anything Else?

With parties being held at our Poets Corner venue, we can also offer to arrange for a local food delivery from one of our local delivery companies. We can also offer drink refereshments (water and squash - no limit), so you don't have to worry about bringing kiddy drinks. All these little extras for a small nominal fee. 

♦ Venue Hire

If you want to hire our venue after the animal party, we can offer up to another 2 hours of hire, if you want to extend your celebration. So that's 2 hours of animal encounters and then 2 hours where you can use the facilities for your own use.

♦ Ticking Your Boxes

So that's about it. Hopefully we have ticked a few of your boxes when trying to organise your special event or celebration. Just in case we have missed something out, simply call the office and have a good chat with one of our staff.

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