Sustainability is “environment education”. Learning about the environment and how natural systems function. It’s everything that we need for our survival and wellbeing relating directly to our natural environment.
Including composting, worm farms, gardening and providing a natural environment successfully engages children. However, these are only one of many ways we can teach sustainable development. Little Lane ELC includes education about and for the environment which may include:
Little Lane Manly will develop appropriate policies and practices to promote environmental sustainability. This shows Little Lane Manly is committed and willing to maintain environmental practices for the future.
Water minimisation and management
Little Lane Manly believe that we have the responsibility to make sustainable education a part of everyday practices, rather than a topic or theme to consider for a short time. It is embedded with our learning program and curriculum. Sustainability education, enables educators and children to promote a sense of responsibility, show respect for the natural environment, be active participants and bring about enquiry and social change.
Educators and children work together to learn about the environment and promote sustainable use of resources and to develop and implement sustainable practices (Element 3.3.1 – NQS).
Sustainability and the Natural Environment is an important aspect of our learning curriculum. We encourage the children to learn about sustainability by providing them with everyday experiences and exploration within their learning environment.
Cultivating this belief our service has multiple resources to engage the children in learning about sustainable living concepts, including our built-in vegetable gardens, rainwater tanks and our weather mobile.
We use a broad range of materials to achieve this. Choice resources, aesthetics of our service, our natural garden environment and playgrounds, all the way through to the connection and relationships with have with families and the wider community. The Physical Environment has been designed with sustainability in mind:
“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”