Commitment to Sustainability
Children's House of Early Learning, has a strong commitment to sustainability. As an education and care community, we encourage an increased awareness of environmental responsibilities, social and wellbeing consciousness and economic decisions.
We take a sustainable approach in our problem solving, reflections, decisions, actions and practices. We believe that everything we do can have a sustainable element. These approaches are embedded in our practices to role model, teach, share and learn with children, families and the community to be environmentally aware and sustainably responsible.
Our curriculum outcomes supports children to become environmentally, socially and economically aware, respectful and responsible throughout their day. Our Educators believe that environmentally sustainable practices should be embedded into our daily operations, routines and involve educators, children and families in order to be successful.
Hands on experiences such as gardening, recycling and water conservation, natural environments and exploration enable interactive learning introduces children to the concept of a sustainable environment and their role in contributing to it.
Through intentional teaching and guidance the educators allow the children to independently problem solve, learn and teach empowering their wellbeing. Each service aims to empower, enable and connect our children, families, Educators and community to become environmentally responsible and show respect for the world around them.
Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability Program
We were proud to win a position to be a part of a sustainability project created by the government called Seedlings.
The Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) Program is an innovative, ground-breaking approach that encourages children, families and Early Childhood Professionals to work together towards a sustainable future. The Seedlings EYEfS Framework is adaptable and transferrable across all Early Years settings, and is flexible enough to be implemented regardless of the management structure in place.
At Children’s House of Early Learning believe in teaching the next generation about the importance of sustainability and taking care of the environment and the community we live in.
We educate our children about this importance by implementing routines and educating the kinder throughout there day here at the centre.
- Upcylcing – one way in which we did this was making a recycled bottle top art project
- Educating the children about the importance of being water wise. The children learn where water comes from and how it can be in short supply
- We have a compost bin, any scraps that come from the kitchen are used
- Worm farm
- Educating the children about not wasting food. The children serve their own meals and are encouraged to only dish up what they are able to eat.
- We have changed from programming and documenting children’s learning records on paper to now going digital. Our parents are able to connect through the internet to further their child’s learning.
- Educating children about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. By recycling, tree planting, water reduction, solar power, water tanks, changing lights from fluorescent to LEDs, water saving tap fittings, blinds/shades on north and western windows.
- Participating in the award winning seedlings project through local council.
- “Bush Kinder” implemented in the surrounding local area.
- Child initiated projects
- Building a digging patch initiated by the children.
- Incorporating natural recourses into our learning programs
- Construction of a veggie patch by the Mount Evelyn Men’s Shed
- Using the produce from our veggie garden in our menu at the centre
- Incorporating “messy play” into the learning programs
- Teaching environmental care
- Reduce, reuse recycle display
- Saving our scraps for a staff members dog. And limiting wastage of food.
- We use our a4 scrap paper as note pads. Or print on both sides of the paper.
- We use recycled food boxes from the centre and childrens homes for creative box construction.
- Encourage parents to bring in unwanted household items to use at the centre.
- Recycled bras to the uplift project
- Take donations of clothes and toys and give them to families in the community who need a little extra help.
- Ask families to donate animal accessories to animal aid in Coldstream
- We have an ongoing membership at reverse garbage
- Staff regular shop at op shops for items to use at the centre.
- We reuse old mobile phones for the children’s imaginative play
- We have a veggie garden the prekinder and kinder children attend too.