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The Natural Environment

Little Lane ELC Manly, is the first service within the brand to open in Sydney. Little Lane ELC is a family owned early childhood education and care service, with centres located in Victoria.

In an extension of our nutrition and healthy eating program the children will develop a language and understanding of the ‘Paddock to Plate’ Concept, where we endeavour to home grow our vegetables and fruits to engage our children in this process of sewing seedlings, caring for their vegetation, harvesting and engaging with the Centre’s Chef in creating their meals with our produce.

Numerous studies of outdoor experiences have shown that natural outdoor environments have an impact on humans…they reduce stress and create a feeling of well-being. Early childhood is often described as a unique and critical time for connecting with nature. Natural play spaces offer opportunities for children to explore, investigate, imagine, discover, learn, and interact with nature, insects and animals and other children. Nature makes children wonder and wondering is a powerful tool for lifelong learning.

Little Lane Manly, believes in teaching children to have respect and appreciation for our natural environment is an important part of early childhood education.

We take pride in offering a range of experiences designed to enhance learning and understanding about environmental awareness and sustainability and increasingly parents are looking for services which have an eco-friendly business model.

We believe we have a unique opportunity to offer young children environmental experiences and to instil in them a love for the natural world.

“The environment should act as an aquarium which reflect ideas, ethics, attitudes and culture of the people who live in it.”

Loris Malaguzzi