Caring for and understanding the natural world is an important part of our Froebelian values, which we explore in the centre and through our Nature Kindergarten experiences. We aim to incorporate environmental care and awareness into our daily practice from using leftover drinking water to give plants a drink and involving children in recycling packaging, to care for plants in our centre and in the settings we visit.
Maintaining our Eco School status helps to keep us on track and means we are part of a wider community committed to sustainability. We gained our first Eco-Schools green flag in 2003 and our sixth flag in 2016. You can find out more about eco-schools by visiting the Eco-Schools website.
An Eco group meets regularly to track how we are implementing our Eco-schools programme and we encourage parents, children and members of staff into our group.
Examples of our weekly Eco activities:
- We store our recycling near our kitchen area and encourage children to move this to our main recycling area near reception, and then to our outside bins
- We ensure play and craft resources recycle material (using milk bottle tops, or boxes and packaging for example), and include activities that encourage understanding of natural resources.
Parents, please contact us if you’d like to contribute to our Eco School work. Perhaps your workplace is good at recycling? Or perhaps you have environmental knowledge that you can share with staff and/or children?
Edinburgh City Council officially supports organisations with Fair Trade, having gained Fair Trade City status in 2004. We aim to be a Fair Trade nursery and to promote this approach.
During Fair Trade week we highlight the issue within the nursery, selling Fair Trade items and highlighting worldwide social and environmental issues. In 2016 we brought a ‘Smoothie Bike’ into the nursery. Staff and children made smoothies using pedal power alone.