CERES Outreach Education has made a focused effort to further engage the Early Childhood sector following on from the pilot for Sustainability Victoria in 2013-15. CERES proudly assisted two out of the three centres within the pilot, to successfully complete the Core and Energy modules. Congratulations to Richmond Creche and Kindergarten and Creative Play Children’s Centre. The full pilot report can be found here.
In addition, the partnership project with Glen Eira City Council to develop and implement sustainability projects in each of the Councils’ Children’s Centres and Family Day Care Co-ordination unit was a major achievement, assisting the successful navigation of the Core module with one centre receiving their certificate of completion, and the other two centres completing majority of the requirements. CERES also trialed an adapted biodiversity audit with the kindergarten aged children at the Glen Eira Centres. The children enjoyed auditing their outdoor green spaces and exploring mini-beasts within those habitats. CERES facilitators now offer a biodiversity audit to all centres we work with.
Following a Council funded workshop for early childhood educators, CERES also teamed up with Moreland City Council to support three centres to work through the Core module. These centres are progressing well in setting a foundation to successfully embed sustainability within their centres.
Furthermore, CERES have signed-up an additional five centres who have opted to self fund their sustainability journey to build a strong foundation for taking action to reduce environmental impact and meet the National Quality Standards requirements.
The past 12 months has been a wonderful journey of assisting early childhood centres embed sustainability in addition to creating partnerships with a number of organisations including Darebin City Council, MEFL, Little Sprouts, TRY Australia, YMCA, Moreland City Council and Hume City Council.
A major highlight recently included partnering with Moreland City Council, MEFL, Coburg Children’s Centre and Little Sprouts to offer a professional development event including practical demonstrations, hands on workshops, advice and networking for early childhood educators in Moreland. This collaboration proved to be effective in engaging a number of centres commencing their sustainability journey and others who are building on current practices. CERES looks forward to continuing to build this network and further assist early childhood centres.
If you’d like to find out more about our delivery of ResourceSmart School to Early Childhood centres and/or how we can work in partnership, please contact Deanne Jones via email at email@example.com