Sustainability

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Our Centre actively participates in caring for our environment and promotes sustainable practices through educating and working with the children, families and wider community.

Through continuous improvement we strive to protect our environment in an endeavour to ensure a sustainable future for our children. 

Learning about sustainability starts with everyday practice. Babies and toddlers can begin by watching adults model these behaviours. They may learn through song or rhyme as educators verbalise what they are doing. In our centre our children can begin to learn through meaningful experiences how to understand our environment

Children learn Sustainable practices that are embedded in the children’s daily routine and in their day-to-day activities, these include:

Using recyclable materials where possible. Encouraging children to use half flush on the toilets,

Encouraging children to turn the water off when they have washed their hands,

Encouraging children to recycle paper and rubbish within their rooms, at home and when in the wider community,

Talking with the children about electricity and encouraging them to turn off lights,

 

Educating children in the natural decomposition cycle through exposure and participation in worm farms and composting food scraps,

Educating children and having them participate in ‘garden to plate’ activities i.e. seed sprouting, weeding, vegetable gardens, cooking amongst other activities,

Educating children in how to care for pets and letting them actively participate in caring for the Centre pet,

Educating children on caring for plants and our waterways i.e. recycling water etc

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Sustainability

Our Families and the community

Our families and the wider community are encouraged to adopt sustainable practices and share ideas as a commitment to our children and their future, these include:

  • Accessing the displays and literature provided about environmental protection at each Centre,

  • Promoting the use of environmentally friendly products in the home (where possible),

  • Recycling to reinforce Centre practices around sustainability,

  • Participation in Centre activities, events and forums relating to conservation,

  • sustainability and maintaining a healthy environment,

  • Reusing materials where possible e.g. boxes for craft,

  • Building partnerships with our educators in teaching our children sustainable practices at home i.e. turn off taps when brushing teeth, having shorter showers, turning off lights, putting on a jumper instead of turning the heater on etc.

Learning framework

We will embrace the learning opportunities we provide to our children, families and the wider community, these include:

  • Using natural resources where possible such as drying washing outdoors in the sun,

  • Promoting awareness of the environment through ‘green housekeeping practices’ such as healthy eating, gardening, minimising waste, recycling and reducing water and energy consumption.

  • Assist children in developing an understanding and respect for the environment and encourage critical thinking.

  • Working with children and families to research the native wildlife.

  • Role modelling practices that encourage sustainability through recycling, water conservation, electricity usage etc, this includes:

    • Educators, educating children about caring for our environment.

    • Recycling water from water play into the gardens,

    • Emptying the children’s drinking bottles onto the garden,

    • Asking families to bring in recyclable items to use for arts and craft,

    • Utilising environmentally friendly products (where possible).

 

Solar Panels

The centre had Solar panels installed 3 years ago resulting in substantially reduced electricity bills. 

If families are interested in this option for their own home please talk to Sophie as we have availability to a local installer who can answer any technical questions you may have.

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