Meadow Springs Child Care Centre
The whole school is getting involved in a range of Enviroweek actions.
In the kindy and pre-kindy rooms we have keep, recycle and waste bins this encourages children to put things into the keep box for things that we can reuse again and again, paper and cardboard for recycling, and general waste bins for things that we can not reuse or reduce
Goodstart Meadow springs is dedicated to being a green thumb centre, we have begun to grow our own vegetables- snow peas, rosemary and spring onion. we have teamed up with the local council who donated us some native Australian plants, we then got two big Tonka truck tyres donated to the centre which we have used them as two Australian native garden beds they are the centre piece to our bike track. The kindy and pre-kindy room have morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea outside if the weather is good, we ensure to not waste the food but to empty the food into a contain where we sort through and pick out fruit and vegetables for the birds we then put them into the bird feeders this is reduce meadow springs goodstart waste. we are currently getting a worm farm up and running this will add an extra boost to out reduce of waste as well. Recently in the Kindy and pre-kindy room we have begun to do gumboot wall gardens we have encourage the centres community to donate unwanted gumboots to the centre so that we are able to make a beautiful gumboot vertical wall garden. Recently In the nursery yard they have begun the journey of a natural garden escape, they have started with a wooden bridge and a few garden pots this will encourage the babies to get out and explore their surroundings with a warm and natural environment.
within each room we have signs that remind you to ensure you are turning off the lights when you are not using the room, that air conditioners are at a temperature that is using the minimal amount of electricity to heat or cool the rooms.
Bird houses and feeders. recently the kindy room educator Karina got very crafty with the children and together they made a few bird houses these bird houses have been placed within the two big trees we have in the yard. we also have put up a few bird feeders which everyday we have the '68' birds come down and have feed, it started of with only 2 but recently it has grown to 6 we have a regular '68' birds called poomba and Tomon. We have a mud kitchen in the big yard playground this encourage children to be creative and spontaneous this is made out of two pallets and donated kitchen sink. we also have a school bus this has been made from wood with donated school chairs and a stirring wheel made out of wood the children love it! In Kindy- pre-kindy and toddlers each room has a nature table or section this encourages children to play and interact with the natural environment that is around them in doors. The kindy room children have begun to make key wind chimes they have used, wood warn and recycled keys that have been donated by parents of the centre these have been a good introduction for children and the families of the centre to really get involved and are able to visually see that we are being sustainable within our practice.
In a single year, a tree can absorb 8.9 kg of CO2e. Plant tress and help them thrive!