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Inspiring Environmental Sustainability – NSW SPROuts Awards Pt 1

When we think about early learning for environmental sustainability the first things that come to mind for many are improving recycling, reducing waste and setting up a compost bin or worm farm. But there’s so much more that can be done. Since 2005 the NSW Early Childhood Environment Educators Network (ECEEN) has encouraged services taking […]

9 ways to maximise outdoor play this winter

Early childhood educators understand the importance of outdoor play: fresh air, vitamin D, gross motor development and connecting with nature. Health precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic have made outdoor play even more desirable, but getting outside in the winter months can be challenging. Children benefit from being outdoors in all but the most extreme weather […]

Upcycling Inspirations

Early childhood educators have always been masters of reusing and repurposing materials – it’s how we make ends meet with tight budgets. Upcycling takes this thrifty and sustainable trend a step further, boosted by the rise of ‘Loose Parts Play’. The term ‘upcycling’ was first used in 2002 and the most succinct definition is ‘the […]

Respectful Water Play

There are many benefits to introducing water play both in connecting children to a natural element and opportunities for learning. While some regions have recently experienced flooding and may have replenished their water tanks, we mustn’t forget that much of Australia is still in drought. The ongoing drought and water restrictions mean that early childhood […]

Exciting Recycling and other Rs PART 2 – children engage Qantas CEO to reduce waste

What do plastic lids, bees wax and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce have in common? They were all involved in exciting waste reduction initiatives driven by young children and their educators. Last week was Recycling Week and we profiled the first of a number of services who have embraced environmental protection with projects that have engaged […]

Exciting Recycling and other Rs PART I – how children are forging the way in waste reduction

What do plastic lids, bees wax and Qantas have in common? They were all involved in exciting waste reduction initiatives driven by young children and their educators. Since showing respect for the environment became embedded in Outcome 2 of the Early Years Learning Framework (Children are connected with and contribute to their world), services and […]

Safe gardens for children

Grow safely this Spring There’s no doubt that many Australian services have a long tradition of gardening and natural surroundings for young children. Equally, there’s no doubt that through the 1990s and Noughties there was an explosion of ‘plastic fantastic’ outdoor areas for early childhood education, driven in part by a community-wide fear of insurance […]

Seven vertical projects turning play sideways

Has anyone recently asked you to look at things from a different point of view? Maybe you’ve been invited to think outside the box? How about turning your frown upside down? It’s occasionally unsettling, but more often refreshing and engaging, to change the way you view everyday activities. Even more so when you can apply […]

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