Pelicans and the environment
At Pelicans our educators and children work together to learn about and promote the sustainable use of resources and to develop and implement sustainable practices. Our centres have an environmental strategy which is consistently implemented at the centre. This can include recycling, use of recycled resources, energy efficiency, water conservation and more.
What does sustainability look like at Pelicans Early Learning?
Sustainability is an important part of everything we do, from our curriculum and choice resources, to the aesthetics of our centres and right through to our locally based community partnerships.
Climate change is a global issue. Here at Pelicans Early Learning, we take the responsibility to introduce environmental sustainability principles into our service.
We incorporate principles of environmental sustainability into our programs to ensure that we are reinforcing the messages children are receiving locally from both their home environment and community.
At Pelicans we adopt a child-centred approach to learning about sustainability. We program significant periods of outdoor play exposing our children to the ‘living world’ and role-model sustainable practices throughout our classrooms.
We encourage our children to develop connections with the natural world through our educational program and with excursions into the natural environment.
Values underpin our thoughts, words and actions and are fundamental to a sustainable lifestyle. Values that are constructed early in life may be modified over time and determine the attitudes and behaviours of each individual. At Little Childs we consider research and best practice to guide the implementation of environmental education and we also acknowledge it’s connectedness to the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework.
Sustainability is a consideration seen in the following features:
- Natural ventilation across all our learning rooms
- Natural light in all rooms
- Soft and organic play areas
- Incorporation of rain water harvesting used for toilet flushing and garden watering
- Use of reclaimed timber both indoors and outdoors
- Dedicated organic farm land producing each Centres’ immediate fruit and vegetable requirements
- Herb and vegetable gardens that are harvested daily by our chef and children