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 engage children in discussions about sustainable practices.
  • Encourage children to participate in a recycling program (recycling bins for cardboard, plastic and paper) or involve them in developing new strategies for recycling materials (using donated materials for art n craft or donating materials to council clean ups etc.)
  • For older children, environmental issues such as drought or daily weather reports including updates on air quality and pollution levels should be discussed during morning group time or and a chart to record these findings should be made as visuals within the room.
  • For Preschoolers, choosing “Energy Savers” – responsible for noticing lights, fans and other appliances left on when not in use. Likewise, choosing ‘Water Savers” – responsible for noticing taps left on and other wasted water.

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 use

Energy use

Water minimisation and management 

Chemical use



  • Little Lane Manly will develop an environmental calendar for families and the wider community to participate in.
  • The service will feature a worm farm and composting bin to reduce food waste within the service. Encourage children to place food scraps into separate containers for use a worm farm/composting bin. 
  • Educators will role model energy and water conservation practices (turning off lights and a/c when room not in use, emptying water play containers into gardens etc.) and explain its benefits. 

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:

  • Natural ventilation and natural light is featured throughout each learning environment and playground. Limited use of air conditioning is promoted.
  • All learning environments extend to natural outdoor environments.
  • Soft play areas, with natural bunkers such a teepees and pergolas create the use for shade in exposed areas.
  • Native fauna, relative to the surrounding area of Manly are used to marry the service into the natural landscape and treescape of the region.
  • Large Fig Trees residing on our rooftop playground promote natural shade areas.
  • Re use of sustainable and chemical free cleaning agents throughout the centre.
  • Use of mulch and gravel within our garden areas
  • We encourage play within the natural gardens to stimulate children’s minds and allow them to connect to their natural environment.
  • Our indoor/outdoor environment features a vertical garden to promote indoor vegetation and greenery.

“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”