program educating young children about sustainable living as been named a
finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards
Sustainability in the Early Years has been developed and piloted by five
Councils, including the Yarra Ranges.
Development Officer Claire Rock said the program integrated sustainability into
everyday activities that children and their families were engaged with.
helps them see sustainability as a way of life,” she said.
Seedlings framework helps educators
meet the national learning frameworks that govern early years.
has involved 60 services including maternal and child health centres,
playgroups, Family Day Care, long day care, preschools and integrated services
across Yarra Ranges, Knox City Council, City of Port Philip, City of Melbourne
and Alpine Shire Government.
Family and Children’s Centre was one of Yarra Ranges 12 services who
participated in the Seedlings Pilot.
Through the program Sherbrooke implemented a range of sustainable
practices such as a permaculture make over with 70 fruit trees planted in the
children’s playspace, implementation of a compostable nappy system and
introduction of a worm farm and clothing swap initiatives.
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long been a strong supporter of children and
children's services, such great news that SCC
has made the finalists list.
Ranges councillor Samantha Dunn said the program aimed to broaden participant
understanding that sustainability was more than just the “green stuff”.
a wholistic approach focusing on all aspects of sustainability including social,
environmental, political, economic and cultural,” Cr Dunn said.
helps children develop skills for the future including systems thinking,
resilience, problem solving, critical thinking, risk assessment, participation,
advocacy and leadership.
are proud this innovative program has been nominated.”
winners of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards will be named on Thursday 2
full list of nominees is available online here.
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