Torquay Kids Early Learning Centre
Our Story So Far…
Torquay Kids will be dedicating themselves to ensuring sustainable and environmental practices are continually embedded into the curriculum. Across a number of areas we will work within our Quality Improvement Plan to increase awareness and understanding by families and children of respect and caring for the environment. Working closely with Kidsmatter early childhood, we will provide environments that ensure the mental health and wellbeing of all children is assured. Improvements over our commitment to enviroweek will include looking at all the natural sciences and providing education to families, children and working closely with community.
Children need to be exposed to natural elements to explore, discover and be at ease with their own being. Our mud patch provides children with the opportunity to have time to just dig, mix, move, imagine and create with natural elements such as mud, rocks, water, grass, leaves etc. Having recently received a rating of exceeding national quality standards; we are looking to expand our current mud patch to include other natural elements. We will provide a sensory garden for children to be able to pick and add to their mud pies and mud creations. Enviroweek will provide children with an opportunity to extend our already expanse natural environment into the mud kitchen. Water provided from rain save into small tanks will be able to be accessed by children at any time to play and water plants. Discussions around water conservation will be intentionally planned as water will be limited to an reasonable amount per day for use. Once this amount has been used, water will need to be utilised form other areas of the environment. eg emptying the unused water from the outdoor drinking container rather than emptying at end of day down the drain. Children will also be involved in learning that will expand understanding of water pollution and how to not place items into water ways that may cause pollution or harm to animals within our oceans and waterways