Kids Uni Child Care Centre
Kids Uni North
We are a 59 place Long Day Care Centre and have identified Sustainability as one our goals for 2015, where we will continue to further embed sustainable practices and education into our program. We are currently achieving this through the sustainable practices and processes you will see on our Actions page. Kids Uni North is going green!!
We have a four bin system for the children to easily identify which items go in which bin. The children wear special tags to show that they are responsible for making sure the correct items go into the correct bin. Our families and staff donate toys and books for the children to re-use. We recycle cardboard boxes, milk bottle lids, tubes, cups, paper and just about every other thing you could think of to use during creative arts experiences, including Cozy Coves for the children to relax in, a chimney for Santa, a rocket ship, an oven and even a Frozen castle! We up-cycled a kitchen sink with a hose connection to use in the children's play, as a mud or sand kitchen. We recycled second hand saucepans, spoons and other household items to create outdoor musical centres. We visit recycling factories to purchase items for the children to use in the sandpit, such as plumbers pipes and other trade type items. We connect with our local council and invite their environmental staff to attend our centre, where they have recently implemented a recycling incursion for our children to enhance their knowledge of ways that they can reduce their waste. We have rainwater buckets that collect the rain and we use this water to pour on the plants and vegetables. Each day, the children pour their left over drinking water onto the plants and vegetables as well.
The children look through the seedling packets to decide what vegetables they would like to plant, and then undertake the planting and continued watering process. There is excitement galore when someone notices the first sprout shoot up through the dirt. The children share their excitement through the kitchen window with our cooks, Bec and Sofia, and then deliver fresh vegies to them to use as ingredients in their lunch. Yum! The children also just happily sit on the edge of the gardens nibbling away on spinach, parsley or lettuce. We implement the Munch'n'Move initiative with the children and promote healthy eating and physical development including the 12 fundamental movements. The children strengthen their fine and gross motor movements through digging, weeding, planting and hosing along with trying to catch wiggly worms hiding in the dirt.
We have signs near all of our light switches, power points and electrical items encouraging staff to turn them off if not really needed. We discuss saving energy with the children and come up with ways that we can all save energy at home and at Kids Uni North. We turn lights, computers, Smart Boards, heating and air conditioning off and open windows and doors for fresh air. We shut down computers and printers at the end of the day.
We have picnics in the outdoor environments where the children add a garnish to their meal from the vegetable garden. We share Language & Literacy group times on the deck under the gum trees and even have an outdoor disco! We have a sensory garden where the children can share moments of solitude and explore the different types of rocks and bark and share a chat with their friends. Our centre is surrounded by an array of greenery and many birds come to visit throughout the day. Due to our surroundings, the children are regularly finding bug, beetles, lizards (especially skinks) and even a very brave blue tongue lizard! The children enlighten their senses through smelling different items in the outdoor environment such as flowers, mint or basil.
WE ARE CELEBRATING ENVIROWEEK
The Explorer's Room children (0-2) are creating flowers and bees out of recycled cardboard boxes and leaves, creating Chinese lanterns out of recycled cardboard glove boxes and sharing stories about how Peppa Pig recycles. The Discoverer's Room children (2 - 3) are using cardboard boxes, leaves and newspapers to create collage'd cars, sharing non-fiction stories about where items go to be recycled, discussing ways to save water, learning about composting and worm farms and what worms can eat, planting vegetables and using flash cards to identify which items go into which bin. The Inventors children (3 - 5) are using recycled items to construct and create with, choosing to plant giant sunflowers and carrots, collecting leaves, bark and sticks to create an ENVIROWEEK window, engaging in Smart Board learning about which items go into which bin, sharing Language & Literacy experiences involving factual information about becoming more sustainable, delivering spinach and parsley to the kitchen and having many outdoor picnics.