YMCA Taylors Hill Early Learning Centre
YMCA Taylors Hill
We are focusing on connecting to nature for the whole term.
Our team provide planning routine that encourage children to sustainability practice in their everyday experiences. Staffs intentionally teaching our children to scrap their food in a bowl and wash plates in a bowl with water to water the plants and put the waste food to feed the chicken/rabbit instead of putting in the rubbish bin. In our kitchen the staffs separate the fill fruits and vegetables and put in compost container. Staffs in the room encourage children to take ownership in being responsible to take it and pour it in the big compost bin. In regards to delivery in the kitchen/office/maintenance/laundry/etc : We sorting it properly.Boxes that is in good condition can be used in the room for children's activities as part of the room program by providing children an open ended experiences where the children can explore, express ideas and used imaginary skill. Small boxes can go to the art and craft area where they can cut into small pieces for pasting, painting, collages etc. Milk bottle, yogurt container can be use as watering jug, vase, and can also use in the room recycling activities. Limiting the use of plastic We ordered colorful bin to educate children where and what to put in the right bin.Red,yellow,blue
Room 5 children and their teachers are consistently watching our veggie garden. Children become responsible to what they did and become aware the connection in their daily life. From cooking and end up of planting vegetable through intentionally teaching children where the vegetables comes from and how we can plant and harvest vegetables in our garden. Children loved water play and instead of using clean water, our outdoor leader provide an activities that is continuous and not wasting and encouraging children to use it properly. Pieces by pieces we come out to the big idea by utilizing all our empty and in used land and transform it into a community garden, indigenous garden and fairy garden In doing this we will transform a weedy disused area of land into an interactive and productive Indigenous Garden. The area will be divided into three distinct areas- bush tucker area, bush medicinal area and bush craft area. Planting 40 indigenous plants. With the help from our aboriginal leaders, working collaboratively into the council and working will the team. we are aiming to connect not only our children but also our families, and our communities to be involved and being connected to the environment.
Lights Off Program • All staffs will be in charge of turning the lights off in an empty classroom after their group has left. Everybody is responsible for turning the lights off, heater and air conditioner of vacant rooms when they notice they are empty. Additionally, teachers and staff should be in charge of their personal areas and be conscious of empty areas. Posters should be hung up in noticeable areas that instruct those leaving to “Please conserve energy; turn the lights off when leaving the room”. Create an “earth hour” each day where no lights/minimal lighting is used Example: during rest, relaxation or sleep time Use a range of pictures, books, and stories that address environmental sustainability issues
Now we have 2 chickens and 1 rabbit donated by our families. The children showed interest in feeding them, holding them and watching them. Everyday different stories they can tell to their mum and dad. The teachers responds to children’s interest and fruitful learning stories comes for their documentation about children’s learning. After their meal, children scraped their plates into a big bowl and feed the chicken and rabbit. Rainbow Lorikeet become part of our program. It started when Room 5 children made a trapped to attack birds. They made a cone with birds food like seed and hung it in the trees. 18-2-15 at 12:30 pm. Poor Lorikeet bumped his head in the window and landed in children's head and look sicked when we caught him. The children showed concern and sympathy. We kept him to our centre. Every weekend different families bring him to their house and the children had good stories when they come back to the centre on Monday. They feed Rainbow, play and invited to their party. Rainbow Lorikeet served as a tool to help parents from separation anxiety. “Hi Rainbow, Good morning Rainbow, Bye Rainbow” they said. Rainbow Lorikeet visited each room and extend children’s learning to what they see, hear and feel. Reading books about bird and extend art and craft by making bird nest or drew a bird, painting and cutting using their imaginary skills.
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
We are getting an article published in our local paper.