Published on November 27, 2019


Entry-level childcare students were excited to welcome Year 1 pupils from Roebuck Primary school this year. The children came to find out more about the community allotment based at our Stevenage campus. The childcare students worked hard to develop activities and information sessions for the children, teaching them how the allotment works, how to get the best from an allotment and how they can grow their own plants at home.

The primary school children got their hands dirty in the allotment digging in the soil, planting and watering some seedlings whilst, some of the other childcare students prepared a healthy snack from allotment produce.

The pupils had a story read to them while they tucked into a snack. To finish off the visit, students went home with a cress head Potato Head which they can watch grow at home.

This has been a great experience for childcare students and an opportunity for them to work with younger children who they hope to work within their careers. It provided an opportunity for them to share some of the knowledge that they have gained from working on the community allotment.

The community allotment at Stevenage has been created as part of North Hertfordshire College’s work with the #iwill fund and Pears Foundation.

Entry-level, childcare student, Milly Taylor said: “I have really liked everything about the allotment project you get to grow and make things and I have learnt a lot. I will be doing more planting at home from now on.”

Entry-level, childcare student, Crystal Johnson said: “I enjoy talking to and meeting new children and teaching them what I have learnt about cooking with new foods from fresh!”

Allotment Leader, Paul Dee said: “The new allotment at North Herts College has been set up to benefit the wider community as well as developing core skills for students. These aims come together when the students get involved in successful community sessions such as the recent visits of year 1 children from a local school. It is great to see the students throwing themselves in so early in their course.”

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