Sustainable practice and the natural environment
‘Outdoor learning spaces are a feature of Australian learning environments. They offer a vast array of possibilities not available indoors. Play spaces in natural environments include plants, trees, edible gardens, sand, rocks, mud, water and other elements from nature. These spaces invite open-ended interactions, spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature. They foster an appreciation of the natural environment, develop environmental awareness and provide a platform for ongoing environmental education.’
Pages 15, 16 Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
The natural environment plays an important role in our preschool program. We utilise our spacious outdoor areas throughout the day and encourage the children to develop respect for the living flora and fauna we share it with (such as the family of water dragons that visit us daily).
Sustainability can be broadly defined as ‘being able to meet our current needs without infringing on the ability of future generations to meet their needs’. – Melindi Robertson
Our preschool is on an on-going journey to improve our sustainable practices. In 2008 the children’s bathroom was equipped with dual flush toilets and basins with sensor taps. The bathroom, craft room and outdoor taps are serviced by a 15,000ltr water tank. We recycle paper and plastic packaging from food or craft items and food scraps are collected for our worm farm, or given to families to feed their chickens with. Communication such as newsletters, observations, invoices etc are sent via email in an effort to use less paper and we will continue to plan small steps to increase our sustainable practices at the preschool both for now and for future generations to come.