• Our eco ethos

  • Sustainability

    Through the Eco Early Learning Ethos, Eco Kids are exposed to the practices and the environmental reasons behind it. With a clear vision on sustainability and the long-term benefits that result out of these practices for humans and our planet, Early Eco Learning brings together the indoors and outdoors; combining to create a powerful and integrated learning environment.

    Both indoors and outdoors environments are available to Eco Kids simultaneously, with each environment being encouraged and considered of equal value to a child’s learning and development. In both environments, children are able to control and modify the surroundings, so they are versatile and supportive of both play and education.

    We are committed to protecting our precious environment to ensure a sustainable future for our children and through continuous improvement we strive to be a better tomorrow than we are today.Learning about sustainability starts with everyday practice. Sustainable practices are embedded in the children’s daily routine and in their day-to-day activities, these include:

    • Using recyclable materials where possible
    • Encouraging children to use half flush on the toilets
    • Encouraging children to turn the water off when they have washed their hands
    • Encouraging children to recycle paper and rubbish within their rooms, at home and when in the community
    • Talking with the children about electricity and encouraging them to turn off lights
    • Educating children and having them participate in ‘garden to plate’ activities i.e. seed sprouting, weeding, vegetable gardens, cooking amongst other activities, composte
    • Educating children on caring for plants and our waterways i.e. recycling water
    • Emptying the children’s drinking bottles onto the garden
    • Asking families to bring in recyclable items to use for arts and craft
    • Planning excursions and incursions focused on sustainable practices, such as:

                 –    Contacting the council to present educational opportunities for sustainability workshops and events

                 –     Visiting the zoo and learning about the animals (sponsoring an animal)

                 –     Inviting families and other community members to share their sustainable ideas and practices

    Our families and the wider community are encouraged to adopt sustainable practices and share ideas with our team as a commitment to our children and their future. If you have ideas or you would like to help us create a better future for your child we encourage you to have a chat with any of our educators.

    Growing together
    Following the 6 indigenous planting seasons, Eco Kids care for our gardens, learn about food and nutrition and also the art of patience as they tend and care for “The Patch”. Each day is filled with what nature provides as we integrate cyclical lessons of the seasons. We greet our day with Welcome to county and share songs of gratitude as we prepare for the adventures that lie ahead. Our Garden Kitchen is located with our Mulberry bushes and a rock garden that has been given careful consideration in both design and layout to support sustainability practices. Inside the Tinkering Shed Eco Kids use real tools and are supported to take educated risks. When not tinkering the children are engaged in Open-ended, interactive play in the context of the natural world as we believe this is the true work of childhood. This is the most direct pathway to cultivating and strengthening divergent thinking, social and emotional skills, cognitive functions, empathy for the natural world, physical competency and confidence, communication skills, and building a long-lasting personal connection to nature. 

    Animal logic
    By caring for our chickens, rabbits and reptiles Eco Kids develop empathy and compassion working to our goals of creating a kinder tomorrow. The garden naturally attracts birds, bees and insects to this micro habitat where everyone plays their part.Our worm farm and a composting barrel, supporting our sustainability focus and with access to scientific equipment and small games apparatus developing engaged and active learners.

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    “Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.” – Thomas Berry

     

  • Explore the possibilities.

    Let us show you the wonders of our world and at the same time, we can answer your questions and help you discover if Eco Early Learning & Bush Kinder is the right environment for your child to flourish. We would love to meet you and your child, so call us or enquire now.