Cribb Street Child Care Centre
Learning through sustainable nature based play. With role modeling through out our day in routines and practices the children learn to role model and share with family.
At Cribb Street Childcare Centre we have looked at what type of waste we are throwing away, how much and what better ways of re-purposing the waste that we could find. Through this we did an education session with educators on what is recyclable and what isn't and is there another purpose for it before it goes to land fill. Through this we have been able to increase our recycling to two bins and decrease waste bin to 2 wheelies a week. We are currently looking at other methods of reducing our waste even further.
At Cribb Street Childcare Centre we follow the principles and ethics of Permaculture. As our food scraps were a large part of the review we looked at the different things we could do, E.g being- using orange peel from our fruit platters for cat deterrent, fabric softener and room freshener which then allows us to be able to compost the peels. Another is cardboard toilet rolls, soaking them and placing in the compost bins as a carbon ingredients. These are only a few of what we do. We have two compost bins, a worm farm and three worm towers, Chickens, 2 Extra large recycle bins and 2 normal wheelie bins. Our pride and joy is also a Compost machine (CLO'ey) that creates compost in 24 to 48 hours. This compost is then placed in our vegetable, fruit and herb gardens. We are aiming to supply over 3/4 of our vegetables that we use in the children's meals here at the Centre. When we have an abundant amount of our harvest we freeze, or share with our families. We are building on our seed saving project by collecting seeds from our basil, tomatoes capsicums, pumpkin, sunflower and snake bean plants. We have also created a natural shade by creating an arbour and growing passionfruit over it.
As an everyday part of our routine we turn all our light switches that has a star sticker on them off every night prior to leaving. Educators also turn all lights except the main area light in each of the rooms off when they are outside playing. We are currently exploring alternate power saving lights to replace the current fluorescent lights we have. We then would like to apply and receive a grant for solar power.
We have an active moving grooving educator who does extra active moving activities. He uses up-cycled products in his sports program, E.G an old tarp that had a rip in it and cut holes out for the children to throw balls through. A broken baby play pen was used as stepping beams for children to step through. Educator Beau talks to the children about the importance of eating our muscle foods and that treat foods shouldn't be eaten all the time, only sometimes. Our environments are set up embedding our gardens and practices as part of our daily routine to allow children and families to see that it is easy to create, incorporate and maintain a sustainable practice at home/in the community as an everyday routine. One of our Educators is a Yoga instructor and take a class every week with our Kindy children, who also mediate before lunch each day.
Educating the children and community the importance of living a sustainability lifestyle and the impact it will have on our future
WE ARE CELEBRATING ENVIROWEEK
We are arranging to go on a nature walk to a reserve down the road from our centre. the Junior rooms are making bug houses to attract the bugs and the native bees to pollinate our fruit, veggies and herbs.