Centre Spotlight: Sustainability at Woodbury Park!

Learning about sustainability and sustainable practices allows children to broaden their view on the world around them. Through activities such as recycling, gardening and cultural investigations, children become aware of a world beyond themselves, compelling them to become participants in their local and global community.

National Education Leader Rhonda Livingstone explains “Through hands-on experiences, children can explore and learn about their local contexts and environmental issues. Practicing sustainability empowers children to construct knowledge, explore values and develop an appreciation of the environment and its relationship to their world, laying the foundations for an environmentally responsible adulthood.”
At our Woodbury Park centre, the team are especially passionate about implementing sustainability programs throughout their daily curriculum, embracing their beautiful natural environments and creating a haven amongst the hustle and bustle of the world outside.

The centre team and children have created a beautiful vegetable and herb patch that they tend to as part of their daily routine, watering and picking herbs and vegetables to include in their meals each day. Food scraps are fed to their brood of hens who live in harmony with other furry friends, including hamsters and rabbits, which the children care for each day and water play is only engaged when their on-site rain water tank is filled, helping children to understand the water cycle and how it effects their local community - which has been especially important in recent months with discussions on their local and national community in drought.

You can experience these sustainability program in action for yourself, just book a tour of the Woodbury Park centre here (link https://www.maearlylearning.com.au/contact)

Want to encourage sustainability at home? Why not partake in one of these activities?

  • Set up a recycling area at home - create and label a set of small rubbish bins and help your children to sort the rubbish each day
  • Create recyclable art – repurpose materials such as bottle caps, paper towel rolls, bottles and used paper to create something else entirely! The sky is the limit with recyclable crafting
  • Plant a garden – you don’t need an expansive garden area to plant a vegetable or herb garden. A few small plants, even in pots, is an excellent way to get your children outside and learning to love nature
  • Choose books focused on sustainability for storytime - From saving the whales to learning how to create less waste, looking for children’s stories about living sustainably is a fun way to get children thinking about sustainability

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