Sustainability

‘Sustainability’ refers to a way of life in which humans – individually as well as collectively – lessen the negative impact upon each other and the world in which we all live. Sustainability is a holistic concept which seeks to create positive outcomes, socially as well as environmentally.

With a strong focus on sustainable practices, Educators, families and children from WWEYLC develop educational programs and practices, which encourage all children to become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.

WWEYLC have strived to create an environment where natural equipment and resources are in abundance. Our yard is a natural haven in which children can play freely, water our plants from the rain collected in our rain water tank, sow and tend to our vegetable patches, collect vegetables for use in our kitchen, and care for our worm farms.

WWEYLC have Six Key Areas of Sustainability Education

1. Energy Saving

2. Water Conservation

3. Waste Minimisation – rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle

4. Gardening and composting

5. Sustainable food practices

6. Green Play Experiences

(Kinsella, 2008)

 

“One of the most significant responsibilities that (Early Childhood) professionals have is to support children to retain the sense of awe and wonder that they are born with, to add to that a desire to nurture and protect what is beautiful and to encourage them to appreciate that there are many possibilities for honouring life and wonders that the world holds.”

(Stonehouse, 2006)