Goodstart Early Learning Centre
Pre-kinder room rebels
We will reduce our waste and set up recycling systems.
We have set up a recycle bin, complete with a sign. Children bring in packaging from home such as food packets which we then use in our art area. Magazines and junk mail are used to practice scissor cutting with the pictures, shapes cut out then being used for pasting. The children enjoy creating from things they have brought in from their home environments which makes the learning more meaningful to the individual child. Through planning and documentation, families are involved, aware and deepen their own understanding in their role of supporting sustainable practices.
Educators, children and families have all been involved in planning and design of our new outdoor learning environment. This space will encompass recycled resources, natural spaces that will be used to support learning about different cultures. Vegie gardens shall be tended to by children and educators to promote lifelong learning. Produce shall be used by our kitchen to make our snacks and meals. Sustainability shall be firmly embedded within the curriculum and practices shall facilitate multi-layered learning that children can carry into later life.
Heating, cooling is kept at 21 degrees. Heaters and air conditioners are turned off frequently when we are doing indoor/outdoor program. Lights are often turned off or run at half lighting, this helps the environment but can also help create a calmer environment and can assist children to settle.
We exercise in the outdoor environment on a daily basis. We have extended on this by involving Kelly sports, who come and conduct a weekly session with children where games are used to promote physical fitness. Our new yard which will be completed this year shall have a space for storytelling/yarning; spaces for exploring nature, plants and insects; spaces for imaginative play; and spaces for physical fitness.
Spending an hour outside and switching off the classroom saves 230 CO2e-kgs a year from being released into the atmosphere.
WE ARE CELEBRATING ENVIROWEEK
Making a special newsletter with all our Enviroweek work to share.