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Welcome to the ADO News Desk!

This is where you will find all the Main Headline News Stories and Press Releases from the ADO Teams during 2016-2017. We have left a few of our old 'press' cuttings from previous years just for old times sake.

If you really want to keep up with everything that's going on in the wonderful world of ADO, then Facebook and Twitter is the place to be, just one click away at the top left of this page, or at the base of this page for instant access.

Pop Up FarmPop Up Farm Day


Featured News Looking for a great family activity during the Easter Holidays? This Easter we will be running our Pop Up Farm again. Its on Wednesday 5th April from 12.30pm until 3.30pm, so get that date in your diary today!

Its a chance to get the children out the house to meet some our wonderful creatures and that's just the staff!! We will be bringing along a whole host of animals, with activities and refreshments throughout the afternoon.

Read more: Featured News and Events

Jack Petchey AwardDan Birmingham with his Jack Petchey Award


Featured News Well done to Daniel Birmingham who was voted by his own peers as the Jack Petchey Silver Achievement Award winner for his duty of care and outstanding progress in mentoring our younger children at our After School Clubs and Holiday Clubs. Daniel is a great all rounder with both our animals and outdoor adventure and has really stepped up over the last year in becoming a fantastic support to both our leaders and the younger children in our clubs.

Daniel has decided to spend his prize on some new gardening tools for our clubs to encourage the younger children to enjoy the horticultural element of their programmes and to replace some rather tired and worn out tools currently used.

Social Care Awards 2017Social Care Award 2017


Featured News The ADO Therapy Team have been awarded "Best For Animal Assisted Therapy Services - South East England 2017" in the Social Care Awards 2017 run by the GHP magazine. GHP (Global Healthcare Pharma) are a large multinational magazine, so for ADO to pick up this award is a fantastic achievement and highlights the quality of service and level of innovation in our alternative healthcare services. A massive well done to all the team at ADO Therapy for this award and to the other teams in ADO for their support.

Young Leaders of the FutureLeadership and Mentor Badge


Featured NewsADO have always been at the forefront of providing opportunities for young people to further their education and careers at an early stage of their development.

We hope that our system of Preschool, After School Clubs, Holiday Clubs, Volunteering and providing Work Experience become a production line of talent, offering them a career path for when they finally leave school and have to face the big bad world of employment.

Our Ranger Mentors and Ranger Young Leaders have had several training sessions, the most recent a Leadership and Safeguarding certification, which qualified them for their Mentor and Young Leader Badge.

Read more: Young Leaders of the Future

The Smart Way To Name TagThanks


Featured NewsHow many times has your child got home from an activity missing some of their clothing or belongings? We have lost count at ADO over the years how many drinks bottles, coats, hats and even welly boots end up in the lost property box at the end of the Summer Holiday Club for example. Children are great at forgetting their belongings at home time. Our office staff spend hours trying to track down the owners of lost items almost weekly! Its amazing how many items never get reclaimed. It must cost parents a fortune to replace the lost items.

Read more: The Smart Way To Name Tag

An Ofsted One-TwoOFSTED Registered


Featured NewsWe are pleased to announce that our Royal Park Holiday Clubs are now also Ofsted registered, EY536303, providing our ADO Academy with two sites that have now been passed by Ofsted to provide childcare provision. If you are looking for high quality childcare with exciting and fun animal and outdoor adventure opportunities, then look no further! We still have 4 days ahead of fun this October half term for example, so book on now! We are running our Albany Park Mini Explorers for Preschoolers 2-5 years (EY491048) and our Royal Park School site for Reception to 14 years for Young Explorers and Rangers groups. Please help us to spread the word! If you would like to pay for our holiday clubs with Childcare Vouchers, please let us know the schemes you are signed up to and we can make sure we are registered with this company.

ADO on the Move


Featured NewsAfter three years at the Environment Centre - Eltham, ADO have relocated to new office and session space back to their roots in the London Borough of Bexley. The Community Interest Company have simply outgrown the amount of space and land available at The Environment Centre and its now time to move on. The good news is that ADO have secured a large office space in Welling to provide operational and administrative support and up to 4 session spaces for our ADO Therapy customers. With advanced discussions over the land we call 'Poets Corner' at Keats Road, Welling, we can offer AAT and AAA , plus Horticultural and Equine (horses) therapy sessions for our customers within the 6.4 acres. Its exciting and new times for ADO.

Read more: ADO on the Move

ADO Fundraiser


Featured News We are pleased to announce in association with The White Hart Pub on Eltham High Street, the ADO Fundraiser, starting 6pm on Wednesday 7th September. Tickets are £10 and include the White Hart's excellent and ample carvery meal and entry into our fun Pub Quiz. Tickets will be limited, so if you would like to support ADO and have a great fun evening out with a nice meal, then collect or reserve your tickets as soon as possible. 

Agenda for the Evening

The proceedings start from 6pm, where you can get an early drink in before helping yourselves to the many choices of meats and vegetables at the carvery for your meal. The Fun Quiz will start at 8.30pm before concluding around 10pm for the raffle prize draw. The White Hart is a large pub with plenty of room, so we would like to see many of our friends, supporters and followers on the evening for a great night out.

Tickets can be collected from the ADO office or reserved by calling 0845 604 4921 or email stating how many tickets you would like to purchase.

Read More - About The ADO Fundraiser

Royal Park Holiday Club VenueADO at Royal Park


Featured News We have built up a large following of parents and guardians over the last three years who have booked their children onto our Half-term and Holiday Clubs based at The Environment Centre, Eltham. For the first time, as from this Summer Holiday Club 2016, we are now based at Royal Park Primary School, Riverside Road, Sidcup.

Yes, The Environment Centre was a good venue over the years, but we are confident we have found a real gem in Royal Park. The Royal Park footprint is an enormous 12 acres of which at least 6 acres are mature woodland, wildflower meadow and playing fields. We also have the 100% backing of the management team at Royal Park to design and shape the woodland and wildflower meadows to our own design, creating our own areas for bushcraft and forest adventure activities. Oh, and yes, we will have plenty of our animals onsite during the holiday club periods. We have built our own animal enclosures to accomodate our animals during the course of the summer.

Read more: Royal Park Holiday Club Venue

A Royal Appointment for Summer ClubRoyal Park Primary School - Summer Holiday Club


Featured News We are pleased to announce that the ADO Academy have secured the wonderful setting of Royal Park School-Sidcup for their main Summer Holiday Club for 2016 and beyond. The school resides in 12 acres of land with a large woodland area, wildflower meadows, ponds, trails and modern classrooms to base ourselves. We will also be working to add our own features leading up to the summer holidays including some animal enclosures and woodland activities and features. Our team inspected the site yesterday and gave it their seal of approval. It is a site with huge potential and we are pleased to be working with the new head and management team at Royal Park to make this happen.

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