Growing Green Thumbs

Growing Green Thumbs

Growing Green thumbs: Our Commitment to Sustainability Childcare

As passionate advocates for sustainability, climate change and biodiversity, we aim to create environments which allow children to gain an understanding of the importance of natural materials. We are committed to developing a curriculum which is strongly focused on environmental education which develops skills, knowledge and values that promote behaviour in support of a sustainable environment. As pedagogical leaders we also understand the importance of creating a community of learning and aim to provide families with sufficient information that encourages them to incorporate sustainable practices into their daily lives (Bowes & Grace, 1999).

Each learning area is carefully designed and created to ensure that only natural elements are used to guide children's learning. We strongly believe that children are extremely capable and bring a wealth of knowledge to our childcare centres and as such we provide real items for them to use during their play. There is also the expectation that children will take care of our environment and its resources. Regular conversations take place with the children, encouraging them to respect both our indoor and outdoor environments.  

Each of our childcare centre's work closely with Council's in-house sustainability educational officer to deliver the "Growing Green Thumbs" project and delivery of the curriculum outcomes.

The aim of the project is to strengthen and extend environmental education, not just with the children who attend our services but to feed this information onto our families and into the greater local community.

Childcare services participated in Clean Up Australia, National Tree Day, Earth Hour and National Recycling Week.

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Liverpool City Council Early Childhood Services
  Providing care and education for children 0-5 years